Under the front-page sub-headline, "Fears of Suppression", the article claimed the draft report had "not been made public" by the Trump administration but "a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times". Trump and his Cabinet have expressed public doubts that the warming is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution and will have serious consequences for Americans. She then furnished a link to the National Academies Press website where the full draft was available for free.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, which will edit and produce the final report, did not respond to phone and emails seeking comment on Tuesday. By a law passed in the 1990s, the NCA is supposed to come out every four years.
Global sea level was also the highest on record, at 82 millimeters higher than the average in 1993, when records began to be recorded with the current method.
The report said climate change is behind a rapid and drastic change in temperatures in the US since the 1980s and that the effects of global warming can already be felt in most parts of the country with temperatures the highest they have been in the past 1,500 years. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2017 is on track to be the second warmest for the United States.
Roger Pielke Jr., a scientist attacked by the climate tribe for daring to (correctly) challenge whether global warming is causing extreme weather events, offered up a tweetstorm response to the report.
"There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate", the report said, citing thousands of studies. The paper has an entire propaganda section devoted to articles about climate change; the headlines usually include something like, "Hottest Ever!"
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The report also said a warming trend was continuing in the Arctic, and the Antarctic saw a new record low in the extent of sea ice coverage.
The report confirmed what NOAA, along with the World Meteorological Organization, announced in January about global temperatures.
"There was no attempt to steer the report one way or another", he said. However, the annual report does not detail the link between climate change and human activities such as burning coal or gasoline.
"This is the most comprehensive science report that has been published outside of the auspices of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to my knowledge", co-lead author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University told the BBC. The phenomenon affects the climate globally, disrupting weather patterns. Pielke said former Obama science adviser John Holdren was "wrong" about human influence on droughts because there has been no increase in droughts in the U.S.
The draft report makes clear the depth and breadth of the evidence for how and why the climate is being disrupted. The version reviewed by the Times and AP is marked as the third review, which was distributed for comment in December. "It wasn't a leaked review".
The changes to California's climate since 1980 - higher temperatures, with more extreme swings between droughts and floods - are caused directly by human activity and will accelerate rapidly unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply, according to a new federal climate report that is awaiting action by the Trump administration.