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Scientists Debunk NY Times Story About 'Leaked' Climate Change Report

11 August, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Nadine Todd
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In many ways the report is a direct challenge to President Donald Trump's dismissal of concern about climate change, and the contention by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and others in his administrations that the jury is still out on climate change and humans' responsibility for it. In an era where the threat of climate change is downplayed or utterly denied, the report is a sobering reminder that it is a very real danger, and had it not been leaked on August 7 to The New York Times, it might not have reached the public. So said the executive summary of a draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which was leaked to the New York Times after scientists felt it could be suppressed.

Then, it will take another year for the U.S.to be released. Many scientists have recorded the observations of the climate change and say that there is plethora of proof that human activities like emission of the greenhouse gases are accountable for contemporary perceived climate change. It was unclear whether the administration, which announced in June it would withdraw from the Paris accord, would approve the report.

Richard Alley, a Penn State researcher who studies the climate's history through physical clues trapped in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, was a contributing author to the report.

The last time I fact-checked The New York Times, the Gray Lady was getting a much needed geography lesson about Arkansas. However, it clarifies, "The president is honest in his commitment to look for a path to re-engage that takes into account his concerns for U.S. economic growth and energy security".

"Emerging science regarding Antarctic ice sheet stability suggests that, for high emission scenarios, a GMSL rise exceeding 8 feet (2.4 m) by 2100 is physically possible, although the probability of such an extreme outcome can not now be assessed".

"The Jersey Shore is going to look fairly different in 50 to 100 years", Kopp said, adding that instances of "nuisance flooding" along the coast are already increasing. But the severe and unbalanced weather effects will vary by area; parts of the West, Southwest, and Southeast will get drier, while the Southern Plains and the Midwest will become wetter, experiencing harsher storms and more frequent rainfall.

It concludes with high confidence that humans are responsible for effectively all observed warming since 1951.

The world is not reducing emissions enough to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial temperatures by 2100, the goal of the Paris Agreement.

Repeat: As much as 9 degrees by the end of this century.

And it states unequivocally that "greater emissions lead to significantly more warming". The assessment also draws the conclusion that heat waves are more common and extreme since 1980, while cold waves are much less common. But a warmer climate also means water will evaporate more quickly.

The report says significant advances have been made linking human influence to individual extreme weather events since the last National Climate Assessment was produced in 2014.

As scientifically literate people have been saying for years, the rational argument about climate change and its origin is over.

The federal climate change report is awaiting approval from the Trump administration has shown a rapid rise in temperatures in the United States.

"It wouldn't be a surprise if they attempted to suppress it, unfortunately", Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's New Day Aug. 8.

"The basic principles of how carbon dioxide traps heat, we've known since the 19th century", Kopp said.

These findings give us only one option: We must move America off fossil fuels, now. "The Trump administration can not be allowed to suppress pure science", the Democrat said.

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