Every four years, federal climate scientists are required by Congress to produce a report called the National Climate Assessment. In the past, it has been released without issues, but this is a new political era, and someone connected to the report gave a copy to the New York Times in advance of its formal release. The fear, said one unnamed scientist, is that the Trump administration will suppress the report.
That is probably a valid concern, as EPA chief Scott Pruitt disputes the fact that atmospheric CO2 is s contributor to global warming. And there’s this, which Trump might not want to hear: The report concludes, “Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”
Specifically, cold nights are not as cold and there are fewer of them, warm days are hotter and there are more of them, and it’s “extremely likely” that at least half of the global warming that’s occurred since 1951 is caused by manmade activities. Every part of the United States has been touched by climate change, the report said, and temperatures for the country could climb by 7.5º Fahrenheit by the end of the century.
This news comes as the Pacific Northwest recently saw a wave of new record highs and Death Valley broke a 100-year-old record for the month of July. Last month, the National Weather Service reported, Death Valley experienced an average of 107 degrees. Keep in mind, that includes nights. The average daytime high was 119.6º.
Meanwhile, Europeans have been so gobsmacked by an ongoing heat wave, they have given it the name Lucifer. At least two are dead from the heat, wildfires have been sparked, and temperatures across the continent have flared. There’s even a wildfire burning in Greenland (photo, above).
The White House did not respond to requests for comment, either to the New York Times or AJ.
You can read the full draft report here.
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