Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US Scientists Contradict Trump's Claims About Climate Change

US Scientists Contradict Trump's Claims About Climate Change

"It's very disappointing, yet entirely predictable to learn The New York Times would write off a draft report without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy", Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Tillerson's cable came a little more than two months after Trump announced that the USA would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal and on the day that the administration was reviewing a climate change report prepared by 13 federal agencies, the conclusions of which conflict with administration perspectives.

The report was to be part of the mandated National Climate Change Assessment mandated by law to be produced every four years in the United States.

The draft paper reveals the average temperature across the United States 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.

Its authors appear to have shared the report with the New York Times because they don't trust the Trump administration - for fairly obvious reasons.

In its six months to date, it chose a climate-science denier to lead the Environmental Protection agency; rolled back two dozen regulations limiting air, water, and land pollution; and announced a USA withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit carbon emissions.

The U.S. State Department is advising its diplomats to sidestep questions from foreign governments about the Trump administration's stance on the Paris climate deal.

Cold waves are dropping in frequency while heat waves are increasingly prevalent, the report states.

DeLucia, in Portland on Tuesday for a meeting of the Ecological Society of America, said he hopes the Trump administration will listen to the evidence and the growing consensus in the scientific community, as legislators on both sides of the aisle have done.

Then, it will take another year for the be released.

On Tuesday, scientists noted that versions of the report had been publicly available for months but some expressed alarm that such a report could be suppressed by the Trump administration.

Even if humans were to immediately cease emitting all greenhouse gases into the air today, global temperatures would still rise by 05 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.

The newspaper, who has been in direct battle with the White House this week, says in releasing the assessment that the White House nor EPA has responded to calls or emails requesting comment.

Trump, who has called climate change a "total con job" and "hoax" perpetrated to harm US economic competitiveness, has spearheaded a wholesale scrapping of Obama-era initiatives that sought to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources.

Robert Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University, is listed on the report as among the lead authors.

The report, which has been endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences, says it is "extremely likely" humans have been the chief cause of the global warming since the middle of the last century.

It's a tight goal, the report that was prepared for the Trump administration indicated.

The Paris agreement aims to prevent the Earth from heating up by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the start of the industrial age.

The report was kept confidential, pending White House review, until it was leaked to the New York Times and surfaced in other publications.

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