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Climate Change Report Showing Drastic Effects Leaked Amid Fears of Suppression

Lance Thomas | 10 August, 2017, 00:13

They say average US temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980 and are now the warmest in 1,700 years.

The 2018 National Climate Assessment is legally mandated, meaning the Trump administration could face lawsuits if (or more likely, when) it suppresses it.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday said she doesn't see any reason why the Trump administration wouldn't accept a new report on climate change's impact on the U.S.

Even as US President Donald Trump claims Climate change is a "hoax" aimed at hurting American economy, American scientists have revealed how climate change is true and its impact is visible across America.

If current trends of greenhouse gas emissions continue, temperatures across the USA will likely continue to rise, with a projected increase of 5 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.8 degrees Celsius), The New York Times reported.

The climate science special report said the global annual average temperature has increased by more than 1.6 degrees F (0.9 degrees C) between 1880 to 2015, and the average temperatures in recent decades over most of the world has been much higher than at any time in at least the past 1700 years. There is, for example, "relatively strong evidence" that climate change - caused by humans - was to blame for a record heat wave in Australia in 2003 and another in Europe.

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 draft has been approved by the National Academy of Sciences, but the 13 government agencies (many of which are helmed by climate change skeptics) must sign off on the report by Sunday.

Unnamed scientists told TheNYT they feared the Trump administration would suppress the climate report.

"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", the executive summary said.

Administration officials, including Mr. Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and others, routinely have said they believe the climate is changing and that man has had an impact, but they've stopped short of saying humans are the primary driver of global warming.

In 2014, the assessment released under the Obama administration said global temperatures will continue to rise if immediate actions are not taken. "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".

A White House official on Tuesday said the New York Times story is "disappointing, yet entirely predictable".

The draft is now under review by the White House, which received it several weeks ago.

"With significant reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases, the global annually averaged temperature rise could be limited to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or less".

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