NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

Pablo Tucker
August 11, 2017

In fact, the U.S. is already experiencing rising temperatures, more flooding in coastal zones, and an increase in the number of extreme weather events like heat waves and heavy rain.

The draft report was published by the New York Times on Tuesday from publicly available information.

Turns out, the draft report has been publicly available for seven months, meaning the Times "scoop" was no scoop at all.

Faced with reams of evidence compiled by federal scientists that conflicts with their policy positions, Trump and his advisers frequently cite the work of industry-funded think tanks.

Amusing thing, though: The report was already made public earlier this year. 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. The Times reported that scientists leaked them a copy of the report, "which has not yet been made public", because they were "concerned that it would be suppressed".

If the day ends in a y, the New York Times will run at least one breathless, apocalyptic story about how man-made climate change is destroying the planet and the future of our children.

In many ways the report is a direct challenge to President Donald Trump's dismissal of concern about climate change, and the contention by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and others in his administrations that the jury is still out on climate change and humans' responsibility for it.

The report, produced by 13 federal agencies and approved by the National Academy of Sciences, is unequivocal in ascribing the warming to human activity, a finding that the Trump administration and many Republicans in Congress have disputed.

She then declined to comment on the report. 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 last few years have. seen record-breaking, climate-related, weather extremes, as well as the warmest years on record for the globe". Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2017 is on track to be the second warmest for the United States.

The new report documents things including record high sea levels, declines in global ice and snow cover and weather related extremes.

It's getting hotter. Average annual temperatures in the U.S. have increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1901 and 2016. A degree and a half may not seem like much, but even slight changes in temperature can have widespread effects. Scientists, such as Stanford University's Chris Field, say that even a few tenths of a degree of warming can have a dramatic impact on human civilization and the natural environment. Indeed, the report opens by explaining that "the dominant greenhouse gases released into Earth's atmosphere - carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide - all continued to increase and reach new record high abundances". Last week, the Trump administration formally told the United Nations that the USA intends to pull out of the global climate accord signed in 2015, in which almost 200 nations pledged to reduce carbon emissions.

The four scientists who spoke with Gizmodo are just a tiny fragment of the greater climate science community, which almost universally agrees humans are responsible for climate change, which virtually all of them also agree could have disastrous impacts on the human species.

Scientists familiar with both drafts said there was no substantive difference between them.

It doesn't really take a scientist to figure this one out, but you should probably listen to what they have to say anyway.

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