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Leaked Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration

Leaked Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel The New York Times on Monday published a leaked copy of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment—currently awaiting presidential approval.The 600-page report, compiled by scientists from 13 federal agencies, has not officially been made public.(And you can bet someone will be fired over its broadcast by what Donald Trump calls the “fake news media.” During a “working vacation” in New Jersey, Trump regularly tweeted about “the failing New York Times,” but never directly addressed the leaked report.)A long and convoluted read, the document effectively blames human activity—specifically greenhouse gas (i.e. carbon dioxide) emissions—for global warming.“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” the executive summary said. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate.”But while researchers estimate “record-breaking” climate-related weather extremes and “the warmest years on record for the globe,” the Trump administration continues to push back.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt flat-out rejects established climate science, refusing to link CO2 and global warming. And Trump has long dismissed the concept of climate change, suggesting it was “created by and for the Chinese” (a statement he later denied making).The draft document cites thousands of scientific studies documenting changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures, among other global climate transformations.“Choices made today will determine the magnitude of climate change risks beyond the next few decades,” according to the report, which warns of “unanticipated changes” throughout the next century.Annual average temperatures have already risen 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1865, and are forecast to continue growing.“Periodically taking stock of the current state of knowledge about climate change and putting new weather extremes into context ensures that rigorous, scientifically based information is available to inform dialogue and decisions at every level,” the paper said.The congressionally mandated 2018 National Climate Assessment has been signed off by the National Academy of Sciences, and awaits presidential permission for release, the Times reported.“This is a draft report that has been in the public domain since January,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in a statement to Geek. “We continue to discuss the best path forward for an honest, open dialogue regarding climate science.”Since the document was leaked online this week (“a clear middle finger to Trump, Pruitt, and their plan to derail federal climate research and policy,” as Gizmodo so eloquently put it), the White House will undoubtedly have a lot more trouble suppressing the findings.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more