Scientists Wary of Trump Burying Climate Report

Climate change worse, faster than projected, scientists tell Trump in leaked report

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But while researchers estimate "record-breaking" climate-related weather extremes and "the warmest years on record for the globe", the Trump administration continues to push back. The Times reports that without those emissions, the atmosphere would warm up by at least 0.30 degrees Celsius (or 0.50 degrees Fahrenheit). This means that the record-breaking heat waves states have seen in recent years will become "relatively common" quite soon. Many environmental groups are skeptical about how it will be received by the current administration.

A climate change report that assessed and balanced the best research thus far was compiled by federal scientists and was in the process of being approved for presentation to Americans.

The agreement aims to keep temperatures from hitting a 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, marker since the Industrial Revolution. "There are no alternative explanations".

One scientist cited anonymously by the Times says he and other researchers are anxious that the Trump administration, which must approve the report's release, will suppress it.

But it's not a gauntlet laid down by outside scientists or activists.

What the Trump Administration plans to do with and about the leaked report is not yet known.

It was compiled by scientists from 13 different federal agencies, and focuses on the fact that temperatures in the USA have raised at a staggering pace since 1980. The U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report, which is part of the National Climate Assessment, has been public for months and is now undergoing agency review. The last was produced in 2014.

For years, careful climate scientists - and the politicians like Obama who listened to them - have avoided saying that any particular event was directly caused by climate change, even as they called for urgent action to address the issue. The study will be included in the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by Congress every four years.

"When you get down there to [the Environmental Protection Agency], you realize there is constant questioning of everything scientific of EPA that may have any implication down the line to have an impact on the regulated community", Thomas Burke, an EPA official under former President, .

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The Times claimed in its initial article Tuesday that it exclusively obtained a report contradicting the Trump administration's position on climate change and global warming.

But a 545-page draft of the scientific review that will inform the 2018 assessment, examined by the New York Times on August 7 and here by National Geographic, is notable because of the current USA executive branch.

In other words, it has passed all the usual tests for scientific integrity.

What do federal scientists do when the presidential administration ignores - and actively works against - their climate research?

The Trump administration has yet to sign off on it, raising concerns among some scientists that it might be suppressed, according to the Times. And the scientists fear the final version of the study won't be made public.

Rosenberg has been previously involved in authoring another part of the National Climate Assessment and said the threat to the findings is very real. In fact, our reporting also notes that people who do not believe in the established science behind climate change are also anxious that this report and the broader National Climate Assessment will come out, because they fear that there are not enough people paying attention to this at the White House.

The draft report makes clear the depth and breadth of the evidence for how and why the climate is being disrupted.

The study shows that average temperatures in the United States have risen rapidly since 1980.

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