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Major Federal Climate Change Report Leaked

10 August, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Climatewire has issued a correction as well.

The scientists' fears about whether or not the report will be approved are not unfounded.

"There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate", says the report, citing thousands of peer-reviewed studies.

"We're not saying that climate change is not real", the former SC governor told NBC's "Today" show.

"These persistent levels of denial unique in the USA have been intentionally created by the large carbon polluters taking the playbook from the tobacco companies, hiring pseudo-scientists and putting out false data, and all of us, as human beings, are resistant to thinking about something that's hard to think about", Gore said of climate change deniers.

Surface, air and ground temperatures in Alaska and the Arctic are rising at twice the global average rate, which scientists attribute to ice melting and sea rise. "Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change".

Trump himself has in the past decried global warming as a hoax.

Since taking office, the administration has appeared intent on removing the phrase "climate change" from government documents, studies, and even public discussions.

Their data would challenge a conservative Trump administration bent on picking apart President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

When contacted by E&E News on Monday, NASA spokesman Steve Cole said he was aware of those studies but had "no info on status or target release dates".

The federal science draft is part of the upcoming National Climate Assessment and it states in no uncertain terms that failing to curb carbon pollution now will lead to catastrophic events in the near future. It's produced every four years by more than 300 scientists and is overseen by a federal advisory committee consisting of about 60 experts.

"This is simply an attempt by The New York Times just to undermine the success that we've had on this side of the aisle", said Dr. Gina Loudon of the claim that Pence's team is running a 2020 presidential "shadown campaign".

On Tuesday the Times ran a report with the headline, "Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report". "Trump's high-profile climate denial and the startling pace of warming together have compelled scientists themselves to take matters into their own hands". The scientists responsible for the draft are reportedly anxious that President Donald Trump will disregard their data and that his administration will bury their conclusions. On the flip side, droughts and heat waves have been more common in other parts of the US, they add. Alaska is uniquely "on the front lines" of climate change - and residents can already attest to accelerated melting of ice and glaciers, eroding shorelines, and higher temperatures in "the Last Frontier".

They vowed steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times and to "pursue efforts" to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Alarmingly, the bulk of that change was made in the latter half of the 20th century, with a 1.2 degree increase since 1951. There's a 66% chance, it went on, that all global warming has been caused by people.



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