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8/07/2017 7:31 pm  #1


Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.


WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and the ability to predict the effects are limited.

“How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.

The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years. The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the draft and is awaiting permission from the Trump administration to release it.

One government scientist who worked on the report, and who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity, said he and others are concerned it will be suppressed.

The report concludes that even if humans immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world would still feel at least an additional 0.50 degrees Fahrenheit (0.30 degrees Celsius) of warming over this century compared to today. A small difference in global temperatures can make a big difference in the climate: The difference between a 1.5 degree Celsius and a 2 degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures, for example, could mean longer-lasting heat waves, more intense rainstorms and the faster disintegration of coral reefs.

Among the more significant of the study’s findings is that it is possible to attribute some extreme weather to climate change. The field known as “attribution science” has advanced rapidly in response to increasing risks from climate change.

The report finds it “extremely likely” that more than half of the global mean temperature increase since 1951 can be linked to human influence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/climate/climate-change-drastic-warming-trump.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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8/07/2017 7:40 pm  #2


Re: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

Maybe people will come to their senses, but it usually is late into a problem before they really start to care. 

 


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8/10/2017 10:04 am  #3


Re: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

I'm afraid that this is a hard problem for people to grasp.
And politicians have been very successful in politicizing it.


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8/10/2017 11:41 am  #4


Re: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

Like many things it has to be right in our faces before we do anything about it. 


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8/11/2017 6:22 am  #5


Re: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

tennyson wrote:

Like many things it has to be right in our faces before we do anything about it. 

We need to accelerate the phase out of fossil fuels.

And, we have already shaped the conditions that our grandchildren will live under.
Any government infrastructure plan needs to include measures to protect coastal areas.


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