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Climate scientists preempt possible suppression from White House

Climate scientists preempt possible suppression from White House

A damning climate change report has been made public amid fear it could be hidden by the Trump administration.

The report also finds it "extremely likely" more than half the global mean temperature increase since 1951 can be linked to human influence, according to the Times. 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.

"It's not clear what the news is in this story", Robert Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University who is listed on the report as among the lead authors, said on Twitter.

"Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change", they say.

But those who worked on the report are pushing back against the claims, saying the version that was obtained and posted in full by the New York Times has actually been online and available to the public for months. The report's authors have been waiting for permission from the Trump administration to release it, and some of them say they're anxious the government will suppress the report.

But even if humanity were to stop emitting greenhouse gases cold-turkey, the lingering effects would generate an additional 0.5 degree Fahrenheit in average warming, the report adds. More severe storms, a shrinking ice pack and loss of sea life make for a plain-to-see picture.

The Trump administration's apparent crusade in ignoring climate change was most evident when the President pulled out of the Paris climate accord, tasked with stopping global emissions and rising temperatures. It also found an increase in extreme precipitation events in the Northeast.

Scientists said in the report that human interaction has a direct correlation to the impact of climate change, a notion Mr. Trump once said was "a hoax" created by China. It has been signed by the National Academy of Sciences.

The study shows that average temperatures in the United States have risen rapidly since 1980. Increases in the United States are expected to spike by 5 degrees by century's end with lower emissions, and by nearly 9 degrees with higher emissions, making parts of the country potentially unlivable outside of climate-controlled environments.

"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".

The report stressed that the last 15 years was the warmest period recorded on Earth, and that the global temperature continues to rise gradually, surpassing previous annual records every year. The scientific section of the report leaked today requires sign-off from 13 agencies, including the EPA and others now headed by climate skeptics, and the White House.

The Paris climate accord, in which almost 200 countries participate, includes an agreement to cut or limit fossil fuel emissions.


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