Climate Change Now Impacting US, Government Report Warns

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They say average US temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980, and are now the warmest in 1700 years.

The New York Times issued a correction to its Tuesday front page article, now admitting that the government climate report it "obtained" had actually been publicly available online for months.

Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times' claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it. "What we're saying is, we're not going to sell out American businesses to do that". The planet is steadily inching toward an average increase in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, the point that sets alarm bells ringing for scientists who warn of climate catastrophe.

Worldwide, the draft report finds it "extremely likely" that more than half of the global mean temperature increase since 1951 can be linked to human influence. "No alternative explanations" such as weather cycles or excuses about faulty data make sense, the report indicates.

In response to Trump's anti-science, pro-dirty energy initiatives, the Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have asked for a "red-team, blue-team" exercise where climate-change skeptics could debate the topic with pro-climate change experts.

The report was drafted by scientists in 13 federal agencies such as NASA and NOAA as part of the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by Congress every four years.

The latest draft has been extensively reviewed, and the authors are waiting for permission from the Trump administration to release the report to the public - which probably explains why it was leaked to the New York Times. Considering the administration's counter-stance to the existence and ill effects of climate change, let alone the president's decision to exit the Paris Climate Accord, Lauer's question for the former SC governor put her on the spotlight.

Indeed, there is new evidence that the Trump administration is trying to suppress and distort the language around climate change, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture telling staff to avoid using the term "climate change" and instead use the term "weather extremes".

The Reuters news agency reported Tuesday that a cable sent Friday to USA embassies by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson provided prospective questions foreign government officials could ask diplomats and suggested answers. These maps show the projected change in average annual temperatures in the USA depending on the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Extreme cold waves have become less common globally, while extreme heat waves have been more common. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now led by Scott "Polluting Pruit" is one of the agencies that has to approve it by mid-August. 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.

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