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Science / National Climate Assessment - Climate Science Special Report
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:03:17 AM »
This is likely to generate significant news and debate over the coming weeks, so worthy of a new topic vs being lost in the Trump assaults thread (but mods move if desired).

The NY Times has obtained an unreleased draft of the US Climate Science Special Report, and it is sure to create a clash and probable controversy as a result of the findings, the current US govt position on climate change science, and the need for approval by the administration.

A link to the report is within the linked article.

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.
One government scientist who worked on the report, and who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity, said he and others were concerned that it would be suppressed.
The Environmental Protection Agency is one of 13 agencies that must approve the report by Sunday. The agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, has said he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

“It’s a fraught situation,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geoscience and international affairs at Princeton University who was not involved in the study. “This is the first case in which an analysis of climate change of this scope has come up in the Trump administration, and scientists will be watching very carefully to see how they handle it.”

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