Trump admin releases report showing 2016 was hottest year ever

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

A report on Tuesday in the Times laid out the findings of a high-profile multiagency climate report, which said that Americans are already feeling the effects of a climate that's changed over the past several decades. After setting a record that year, global temperatures shot to a new record by a wide margin in 2015, the report says, followed by another record last year.

The Times's front-page story said that scientists were anxious that the Climate Science Special Report - a multi-agency report that lays the blame for climate change on human activity - "would be suppressed" by the Trump administration, as cabinet members have expressed skepticism that humans are causing global warming. "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". This "rapid" warming, according to the report, is a rise of about one degree Fahrenheit Between 1901 and 2015 in the USA, mostly due to an increase in temperatures in the western half of the country. But the report says scientists are now able to draw some direct connections with varying degrees of certainty between climate change and such events as heat waves in Europe in 2003 and Australia in 2013. Recent record-setting years of temperature highs will become "relatively common". "These are all physically very closely linked with high temperatures". 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... In that sense, the leaked report helps isolate the president, his fellow doubters and his allies, such as Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose combined regulatory moves would reduce curbs on emissions and set the stage for accelerated drilling and mining on federal lands.

The report predicts that US temperatures will rise at least 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few decades, with cities experiencing much hotter temperatures. While the Northern and Southern Plains, the Midwest, and the Northeast are getting wetter, much of the West, Southwest, and Southeast are getting drier.

But the report also says that "crucial uncertainties remain".

"For example: Increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme heat including deadly heat waves such as the ones that killed about 40,000 Europeans in 2003 and devastated parts of Russian Federation in 2010 have been convincingly linked to climate change", Oppenheimer added. "For the United States, near-term increases of at least 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 degrees Celsius) are projected over the next few decades even under significantly reduced future emissions..."

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Significantly, the report underscores a crucial reason why climate inaction is so risky: The rate of warming is accelerating. Urban areas are experiencing an increase in daytime temperatures of up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as an increase in nighttime temperatures of up to 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The report is "without doubt alarming", said Peter Gleick, chief scientist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland think tank that researches water issues.

"This has been alarming for a long time", Gleick said. Hayhoe is a professor of political science at Texas Tech University. "It's what we knew, written up".

The world is in a unsafe place, and it's unclear how much of climate change even concerted global action can stop.

The federal government under #FakePresident Trump has been busy scrubbing the words "climate change" from all government websites, in the belief that if it ignores the problem, it will go away.

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