Nets Freak Over Climate Study, Trump's 'Lack of Curiosity'
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 10, 2017,
Aug 10, 2017, 0:13
"Long-term climate records indicate that average temperature in recent decades over much of the world have been much higher than at any time in the at least past 1700 years", the report read.
Since taking office, the administration has appeared intent on removing the phrase "climate change" from government documents, studies, and even public discussions.
On Monday, the New York Times published a leaked copy of the special science section of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment, which federal climate researchers had completed but feared Donald Trump's administration and new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt were plotting to smother in its crib.
Green Car Reports respectfully reminds its readers that the scientific validity of climate change is not a topic for debate in our comments. It's "extremely likely" that more than half of the global average temperature increase since 1951 is linked to human influence. "No alternative explanations" such as weather cycles or excuses about faulty data make sense, the report indicates.
The latest draft has been extensively reviewed, and the authors are waiting for permission from the Trump administration to release the report to the public - which probably explains why it was leaked to the New York Times. Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 worldwide accord committing almost every country in the world to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Climate Assessment is a sweeping summary of the impacts of climate change on the United States.
Yet the report strikes home in Chicago and IL, arriving as it does less than a month after Chicago's sixth-wettest July in more than a century and flooding that set records along the Fox and Des Plaines rivers, although those events can not be directly linked to climate change.
"I think it is time for an update and it does help frame the discussion in Canada which is often about the incremental costs of new policies like a carbon tax without that counter weight". After all, at the rate land and sea ice is melting in the Arctic, sea levels are bound to rise and threaten America's coastal communities.
The intensity and frequency of rain and snow events have been increasing in most parts of the U.S. This map shows change in one measurement for extreme precipitation: the maximum daily precipitation in consecutive five-year periods. "We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we're protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law".
Among the findings of the report, the scientists state that climate change is indeed driven by human activity.
The U.S. has experienced fewer cool nights since the 1960s and that heat waves have become more common since the 1980s.
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.