Leaked government document 'directly contradicts' Trump on climate change

The report outlines how the average temperature in the US has risen rapidly since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years. It has not yet been made public, as it is awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

We often talk about climate change as a far-off problem that will affect our children and grandchildren, but climate change is already affecting Americans right now, according to a U.S. government report published on Tuesday by The New York Times. The study reveals how the average global temperature has risen by 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the Second Industrial Revolution of the mid-1800s.

In contrast to what Trump and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, have said about climate change (they don't believe it's mostly human-caused), the previous website repeatedly noted how humans have contributed to climate change. In the meantime, a draft copy of one section, "Climate Science Special Report (CSSR)", has been obtained and published by The New York Times.

The findings come nearly two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, a historic pact between nations to adopt green energy sources, cut down on emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures. The New York Times stated that the report, signed by the National Academy of Sciences, takes place every four years as part of a nationwide assessment of the issue. Before we read about the details of the draft report, it would be apt to cite some of the tweets in which he mocked climate change claims.

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither Trump, who is in the middle of taking 17 days away from the White House, nor any other official from the White House have commented on the climate change report.

The world is warming - and warming at an accelerating rate, argue the scientists from national laboratories, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other key groups. An increase above 2 degrees Celsius would push the global environment closer to catastrophic changes, scientists have said.

A White House official on Tuesday said the New York Times story is "disappointing, yet entirely predictable". In the case of climate scientists, the reason for calling greater public attention to a compilation of climate-science studies was to prevent suppression or heavy editing from the Trump administration's horde of climate-change deniers.

As for hurricanes, "The projected increase in the intensity of hurricanes in the North Atlantic could increase the probability of extreme coastal flooding along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts beyond what would be projected based exclusively on [relative sea level] rise". Cold waves have become less frequent since the early 1900s, while heat waves have become more frequent since the 1960s. It is indefensible that the Trump administration actively promotes deregulation, especially of the coal industry, that allows for more carbon dioxide, a primary cause of global warming.

  • Rogelio Becker