Leaked government document 'directly contradicts' Trump on climate change

Thursday, 10 Aug, 2017

In its latest reporting of a so-called leaked climate assessment the New York Times relies on exaggerated statements and false allegations of cover-ups in order to push an agenda. However, US scientists' findings recorded in the draft report nail Trump's lies.

The National Academy of Sciences releases a similar assessment every four years and has already approved the final draft, according to the Times.

Even as Trump, who thinks climate change is about whether he'll catch a sunny day for golf at Mar-a-Lago, shrugs off the truth.

Kopp, the Rutgers University scientist, said Tuesday afternoon that The Times updated the online story to post a newer draft, the Fifth Order Draft, which is now under review. (Whenever the Trump team uses "hoax", understand we are dealing with an unassailable set of facts it desperately wants to deny.) For now, the White House is stalling, declining to comment until the report is finalized and officially released. It projects a near-term rise of temperature in the U.S. by 2.5 degrees F (1.4 degrees C). For example, a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees to 2 degrees Celsius could cause more intense rainstorms, longer heat waves and lead to more rapid deterioration of coral reefs, scientists say. On the flip side, droughts and heat waves have been more common in other parts of the USA, they add. Alaska is uniquely "on the front lines" of climate change - and residents can already attest to accelerated melting of ice and glaciers, eroding shorelines, and higher temperatures in "the Last Frontier". The field known as "attribution science" has advanced rapidly in response to increasing risks from climate change.

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"It's a fraught situation", said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geoscience and worldwide affairs at Princeton University who was not involved in the study. The scientists who worked on it clearly wanted to make sure their findings weren't bottled up or rewritten by the climate change deniers who populate Trump's administration.

"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", a portion of the study reads.

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley is the only member of the administration to sway slightly off message and sort of admit climate change is a real thing.

The Trump administration could do the country, the GOP and the conservative movement an enormous favor by simply acknowledging scientific reality. At the same time, heavy precipitation events in the US have increased in both intensity and frequency since the beginning of the 20 century - especially for the Northeast. Still, it notes, crucial uncertainties remain. But the authors say there is now relatively strong evidence for a human contribution to events such as the heat waves in Europe in 2003 and in Australia in 2013.

The report goes on to state that "many lines" of scientific evidence "demonstrate that it is extremely likely" (meaning 95-100% certain) "that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century".