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United States report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

11 Agosto 2017, 07:39 | Benedicto Grullon

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The year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole, surpassing temperature records that date back 137 years, according to an annual report compiled by scientists around the globe.

The United States faces a choice between manageable warming and unmanageable catastrophe, according to a leaked draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

"Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report", read the headline of the Times story. "That's not a future prediction anymore". If we don't get global warming under control, the consequences will indeed be bad.

According to the report, the global annual average of atmospheric Carbon dioxide concentration was 402.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2016 and surpassed the 400ppm mark for the first time, when compared to ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years.

- Hottest year -The report confirmed prior announcements that 2016 was the hottest year since contemporary records began, marking the third year in a row that global records were broken planet-wide. "These are all physically very closely linked with high temperatures".

At a White House briefing in June, Pruitt quoted a New York Times opinion columnist, who is not a scientist, calling the warming that has already happened modest and belittling climate computer simulations. The Times followed with publication of the final report.

"On CBS This Morning, Major Garrett offered a lecture on what the document means: "The lack of comment from officials here and from those at some of the relevant federal agencies about this report's startling conclusions suggest not just skepticism but, at least initially, a lack of curiosity". The temperature was also more than 1˚C over the pre-industrial average. It also attempted to paint ecofascists as good Samaritans who had no choice but to "leak" a report to save humanity.

On global warming being a hoax invented by the Chinese, the previous National Climate Assessment, NASA, EPA, the National Academy of Sciences and many other scientific organizations say otherwise.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement set a goal of capping warming at 1.5 degrees over the pre-industrial average.

El Niños are weather phenomena that warm the Pacific Ocean and pump lots of excess heat into the atmosphere, raising temperatures. Meanwhile, what it didn't say in its "correction" is that this casts into doubt the very premise of the story - that the report was being suppressed for political reasons. Gleick predicted the effects of rising heat on California's water supply 30 years ago.

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. There's nothing over the top, nothing outside the pale.

The Trump maladministration is chock full of people up and down the chain of command who have drunk deeply of the Koch Brothers Kool Aid that discredits virtually all scientists as a bunch of megalomaniacs who spew out research just to justify their existence and perpetuate cushy assignments paid for by the taxpayers.

"This does not say that every extreme can or should be blamed on climate change, but some events are linked, with high confidence", Alley added.



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