Scientists Fear Trump Will Bury Climate Warnings

Aug 10, 2017, 00:14

We often talk about climate change as a far-off problem that will affect our children and grandchildren, but climate change is already affecting Americans right now, according to a United States government report published on Tuesday by The New York Times.

So while the administration tries to suppress its agencies talking about climate change, a leaked report has concluded that millions of Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.

The draft report says temperatures globally have risen 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-1800s.

Worldwide, the draft report finds it "extremely likely" that more than half of the global mean temperature increase since 1951 can be linked to human influence.

The draft paper reveals the average temperature across the USA has risen sharply since the 1980s, and lays the blame at the door of human activities, especially greenhouse gas emissions, which it says are "primarily responsible" for recent observed climate change.

The report, a synthesis of the available science prepared by 13 government agencies, is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by Congress and is supposed to be published every four years.

On Aug. 7, The New York Times obtained a draft report from the National Climate Assessment. The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date.

Even after President Donald Trump withdrew the USA from the Paris climate accord earlier this year, the former United Nations ambassador and S.C. governor said the country remains committed to combating a warming climate. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation.

Administration officials, including Mr. Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and others, routinely have said they believe the climate is changing and that man has had an impact, but they've stopped short of saying humans are the primary driver of global warming. These maps show the projected change in average annual temperatures in the USA depending on the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", the executive summary said.

"It was uploaded to a nonprofit internet digital library in January but received little attention until it was published by The New York Times", the corrected NYT article reads.

A University of IL scientist co-authored a federal report citing "unambiguous" evidence that Earth's temperatures are rising rapidly and that humans are primarily responsible for climate change. Cold waves have become less frequent since the early 1900s, while heat waves have become more frequent since the 1960s. It's true the United States was working toward zero emissions at a quicker rate than countries like China, but the US also has much more infrastructure already in place to aid in achieving that goal. The President said the decision was to protect American jobs and he promised to protect the environment.

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