A draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concluded that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous"
In this Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, vintage cars line a property after the Loma fire burned through Loma Chiquita Road near Morgan Hill, California. As President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines, federal scientists are warning that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File), photo: AP/Noah Berger, File
08 of August 2017 19:15:58
WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation's struggling coal mines, federal scientists are warning that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods.It is the latest example of collisions between Trump's environmental policies and the facts presented by his government's experts.Contradicting Trump's claims that climate change is a "hoax," the draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous." That directly undercuts statements by Trump and his Cabinet casting doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution."There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate," says the report, citing thousands of peer-reviewed studies. "Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans."
The U.S. Global Change Research Program, which will edit and produce the final climate report, did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment on Tuesday.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the Times for reporting on the draft document "without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy."She then declined to comment on the report."The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date," Sanders said.The assessment has generally been released every four years under a federal initiative mandated by Congress in 1990. The current draft for 2018, targeted for release later this year, largely builds on the conclusions of the 2014 assessment released under the Obama administration.The assessment said global temperatures will continue to rise without steep reductions in the burning of fossil fuels, with increasingly dire effects on the lives of every U.S. citizen.Worldwide, 15 of the last 16 years have been the warmest years on record. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2017 is on track to be the second warmest for the United States.
The Times has now obtained the final draft of the climate report awaiting approval by the Trump administration https://t.co/mjSQ1BOewC— The New York Times (@nytimes) 8 de agosto de 2017
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