Federal scientists: United States already feeling effects of climate change

Nikki Haley US ambassador to the UN sent a letter to signal US plans to leave the Paris climate pact

Nikki Haley US ambassador to the UN sent a letter to signal US plans to leave the Paris climate pact

The Times reported that according to the draft, the United States' average temperature has been rising drastically since 1980, and the recent decades have marked the warmest temperatures recorded in the past 1,500 years.

We often talk about climate change as a far-off problem that will affect our children and grandchildren, but climate change is already affecting Americans right now, according to a USA government report published on Tuesday by The New York Times. "Without major reductions in these emissions, the increase in annual average global temperatures relative to pre-industrial times could reach 9 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of this century". The analysis concluded it is "extremely likely" human activity contributed to more than half of the global mean temperature increases since 1951. They explain that "There are no convincing alternative explanations supported by the extent of the observational evidence". The results are based on thousands of scientific studies documenting incidents of climate change from around the world, and are at odds with what members of the Trump administration have often said about climate change.

The 545-page Climate Science Special Report was drafted by scientists from 13 government agencies, and is part of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, which is issued every four years.

However, Katharine Hayhoe, one of the lead authors of the report, noted that the draft was publicly available via request.

The United States officially informed the United Nations on Friday that it would pull out of the 2015 Paris climate deal two months after President Trump announced his decision to do so.

And Trump has long dismissed the concept of climate change, suggesting it was "created by and for the Chinese" (a statement he later denied making).

The world is warming - and warming at an accelerating rate, argue the scientists from national laboratories, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other key groups.

In an an interview last November with the New York Times Trump said there was "some connectivity" between human actions and climate change, but said he was unsure "if anybody is ever going to really know" for sure.

The draft is now under review by the White House, which received it several weeks ago.

Unnamed scientists told TheNYT they feared the Trump administration would suppress the climate report.

The draft report reflects federal scientists' continued and unshaken belief human industrial activity is the primary driver of climate change, despite Trump's belief that there is cold weather at all debunks the whole thing and Pruitt's belief human Carbon dioxide emissions might not be related. Increases in the United States are expected to spike by 5 degrees by century's end with lower emissions, and by nearly 9 degrees with higher emissions, making parts of the country potentially unlivable outside of climate-controlled environments.

The Times was the first to report on the draft report's conclusions.

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