Scientists debunk The New York Times claim that it leaked a secret - "gloom and doom" - climate change report which President Trump is trying to keep from the public. "If the administration is backing out of the Paris agreement and there's not a strong backing of the idea of human caused climate change, than our report will most surely come into conflict with some of those stated ideas".
President Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and his administration plans to soon host a public debate over the science supporting human-caused climate change.
The data compiled in the report showed 2016 was overall a year of records.
Scientists did not prescribe solutions for the many catastrophes - typhoons, droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events - that it mentions, nor does it weigh in on the fraught political environment the U.S. now faces regarding climate change.
- Global surface temperatures are the highest on record. The report listed the state as among the nation's hardest hit by wildfire in 2016, while issuing a broader warning for the future that rising temperatures would mean less snowfall and tighter water supplies in mountain regions. In fact, many of you - I don't know if you saw this article or not, but the Climate of Complete Certainty, by Bret Stephens, that was in the New York - the New York Times talked about - and I'll just read a quote, because I think it's a very important quote from this - from this article.
"The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet", said the report, which was edited by Jessica Blunden and Derek S. Arndt of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said: "We're now entering the peak of the season, when the bulk of the storms usually form".
A draft federal report on climate change that went public Monday contains little in the way of new science, and although its language is unequivocal, it merely confirms what has been obvious to so many scientists for so long: Human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to potentially catastrophic climate change.
Walsh said, whatever fears scientists might have, he's seen no political interference in the report to date.
Ekwurzel said the government has a responsibility to inform people of the risks of man-made climate change.
Via NOAA: "As the global average temperature has risen, so has the number of extremely hot days that occur each year". Effective on November 4, 2016, the agreement aims to combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nonbinding national efforts and mandatory emissions reporting. 2016 marks the sixth year that sea levels have risen.
Americans are already experiencing more extreme precipitation. The time has passed, and the Antarctic sea ice has declined. While temperatures in the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) have increased an average of 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900, the Southwest and the Northwest, as well as the Northern Great Plains, have seen a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees or more.
- The world's glaciers shrank - for the 37th year in a row - by an average of about 3 feet (1 meter).