2016 was hottest year on record for the planet, NOAA confirms

Climate change skeptics at the Heartland Institute slammed the New York Times as "fake news" Wednesday after the newspaper reported this week that President Trump was looking to suppress a new federal report on global warming despite the report being publicly available.

The Trump administration has leaked persistently since the president's inauguration, and Senate report published in June put the rate of leaks at an average of one per day. The story started to unravel when he indicated that the report had already been made public.

Brenda Ekwurzel, the director of climate science for the Union of Concerned Scientists who was not involved with the report, said it is "almost at the level of the daily weather report you get".

Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifying before the Senate Energy Committee in June said: "I did not think that Carbon dioxide was the primary knob that changes it".

The alarmist climate media is at it again.

The New York Times released a draft version of the report on Monday after researchers called attention to the fact that it had been uploaded on to the Internet Archive last January, but had yet to receive any public acknowledgement.

"To treat a climate report that has been public for months and is now undergoing official comment by numerous federal agencies as a final document does a disservice to the American people". Last week, the Trump administration issued its first written notification to the United Nations that it intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

So, what's in the clandestine report? The report adds to recent observations that temperatures at the poles are increasing more quickly than they are elsewhere, reducing the size of the Arctic ice cap which, some scientists believe, is creating a feedback loop in which less ice leads to warmer water temperatures which leads to less ice.

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", the report says.

Last year was the hottest year for the planet since records began, according to a new NOAA climate report.

Globally, sea level hit a record high a year ago, marking the sixth consecutive annual increase.

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

NOAA said global warming and El Niño were major factors in the record-breaking warmth. Trump is withdrawing the US from that compact.

The draft report makes clear the depth and breadth of the evidence for how and why the climate is being disrupted.

"In my area of expertise, it underscores that there is very little support for claims of increases in hurricanes, flood, drought, tornadoes", Pielke told me via e-mail.

This shows two overlapping phenomena: the immediate biodiversity decline in hot, tropical regions (where species do not migrate to) plus the relatively high sensitivity of relatively small and geographically isolated habitats, most notably islands - which goes for Australia and New Zealand, and to some extent also South America - as the Panama Isthmus is still an ecological bottleneck for northward climate migration.

This national assessment lays a foundation for securing federal funding and regulatory direction on climate policy, and it offers state and local governments the technical assistance they need to incorporate the impact of climate change into their planning for infrastructure, land use and other long-term issues.

  • Rogelio Becker