2016 down as warmest year on record

Pablo Tucker
August 11, 2017

Scientists found that the increase in Carbon dioxide concentration rose to new record highs in 2016 and they recorded the largest annual increase observed in the last 58 years.

"Some call it climate change; some call it something else", Crossley said in a phone interview.

Led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, the State of the Climate report has been released annually for the last 27 years. That assessment calls into question the wisdom of Trump's environmental and energy policies, which seek to boost US production and consumption of fossil fuels even as the world's other leading economies promote cleaner sources of energy. In its latest reporting of a so-called leaked climate assessment the New York Times relies on exaggerated statements and false allegations of cover-ups in order to push an agenda.

I am wondering if The Register-Guard plans to retract The New York Times article on the August 8 front page regarding the drastic rise in warmth in the world due to climate change ("New climate report cites drastic rise in warmth").

"An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report", the newspaper wrote in its correction. As Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller reported, there was no effort to stifle it at all, despite the Times quoting anonymous scientists saying "they fear that the Trump administration could change or suppress the report". "If the report is approved, then it is just a matter of logistics before it is published".

"The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date", Sanders said.

Congress has passed legislation calling for a National Climate Assessment every four years. But Trump's policy is to not only drill for more oil and gas and resurrect the coal industry (whose product is the worst offender among fossil fuels), but also to assert the U.S.as the dominant producer of the very energy sources that threaten radical upheaval in how humans live on Earth. After setting a record that year, global temperatures shot to a new record by a wide margin in 2015, the report says, followed by another record last year. Thousands of studies conducted by tens of thousands of scientists around the world have documented changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures; melting glaciers; disappearing snow cover; shrinking sea ice; rising sea level; and an increase in atmospheric water vapor.

Forest fires have already increased sharply in the West, the report says, and will increase more as the region continues to dry, bringing major ecosystem changes.

Even if society immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases, the world temperature is still predicted to rise an additional 0.50 degrees Fahrenheit by about 2100.

Trump, who has called climate change a "total con job" and "hoax" perpetrated to harm US economic competitiveness, has spearheaded a wholesale scrapping of Obama-era initiatives that sought to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources.

Last week, the Trump administration issued its first written notification to the United Nations that it intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

It is abundantly clear that the Trump Administration does not believe in science.

"We have yet to see any pushback, there's been no muzzling, but the uncertainly comes from an obvious place", an author of the report who asked not to be named said.

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