March 21 2018

NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

March 21 2018, 10:12 | Irvin Gilbert

NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

Crews battle a wildfire near Mariposa Calif. on July 18. Officials say the record rain and snowfall that ended California’s five-year drought has turned into a challenge for firefighters battling flames feeding on dense vegetation

Last year was the third consecutive year of record-breaking heat in 137 years of record-keeping, according to the new 299-page report, which was written by 450 scientists in more than 60 nations.

A final draft of the assessment was posted online by the New York Times, which reported that scientists are anxious the Trump Administration might try to change or suppress it. And it states the evidence that human activity is driving climate change is stronger than ever. "While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times". A record large El Nino, the warming of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide, was also a big factor in last year's wild weather. 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...

Climate indicators include various types of greenhouse gases concentration, temperatures throughout the atmosphere, ocean and land, sea level, ocean salinity and snow cover to name a few. The average surface temperature of the planet has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2.0 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 19th century, and the past 35 years have seen a majority of the warming, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001, according to NASA. Both land and sea surface temperatures set new highs.

Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said: "We're now entering the peak of the season, when the bulk of the storms usually form".

Significantly, the report underscores a crucial reason why climate inaction is so unsafe: The rate of warming is accelerating. He said this and other federal reports documenting the severity of climate change could make it harder for the EPA to reverse its 2009 finding that carbon dioxide emissions pose a danger to the public.

The policies, which were announced in February on the heels of Donald Trump's inauguration, also dovetailed with a memo by the head of NRCS James Bramblett to his staff acknowledging that the priorities of the former president, wasn't in sync with that of the Trump administration's views on whether climate change existed. But scientists have been proving that for years. 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. Authors of the subsection of that report, however, said they've seen no sign that might happen.

This graph shows carbon dioxide levels at Mauna Loa from 1980 to 2016.

Not only is warming speeding up, but it is happening even faster up North.

- Precipitation cycles are becoming more extreme. At its minimum, Arctic sea ice shrank to 1.6 million square miles in September, which was 33 percent smaller than average and tied 2007 for the second-lowest sea ice extent on record.

- Alpine glaciers have declined for 37 consecutive years.

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