Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on US

Aaron Brown
August 12, 2017

Though scientists have signed off on its findings, including that the average USA temperature has spiked in the past several decades and that humans have nearly certainly played a predominant role, President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have indicated they simply do not believe the experts. The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a...

The data compiled in the report showed 2016 was overall a year of records. The report warned there was a "significant possibility" of climate surprises in the future, either compound events, where two or more extreme events occur simultaneously, or tipping point events where some threshold in the climate system is crossed.

Sea surface temperatures were also the warmest on record, the report confirmed. The EPA, on the other hand, has removed climate change information from its website.

"Greenhouse gases were the highest on record", with Carbon dioxide levels reaching 402.9 parts per million-believed to be "the highest concentration of Carbon dioxide in the air in 800,000 years".

Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said: "We're now entering the peak of the season, when the bulk of the storms usually form".

All assessed studies contain extinction predictions and focus on multiple species - noting that most of the climate-biodiversity models used define extinction as species habitat falling below a critical limit, yet, as the author notes, often ignore further complexities as species interactions (both ecosystem interdependance and competition), dispersal differences and evolution.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its annual checkup of the Earth, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Walsh said, whatever fears scientists might have, he's seen no political interference in the report to date.

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"I don't think the public is in the dark" about the scientific consensus on climate change, said Luke Popovich, vice president of the National Mining Association, which represents coal companies.

Among notable findings from the new report was that greenhouse gases were the highest on record.

The leak of the draft report comes amid an unprecedented streak of rapidly rising global temperatures.

Sea temperatures keep getting higher. Concentrations rose by 3.5 ppm in one year, the biggest spike observed since record-keeping began at Hawaii's Mauna Loa 58 years ago.

It is getting warmer everywhere, but in the contiguous United States, the West is warming the fastest.

Americans are already experiencing more extreme precipitation.

- The world's glaciers shrank - for the 37th year in a row - by an average of about 3 feet (1 meter). Since 2000, the maritime temperature is increasing by 2.92 degrees Fahrenheit per century, much more than the 1950-2016 trend of warming at 1.8 degrees per century.

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