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USA report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

11 Août 2017

The release comes days after news that the authors of a not-yet-released federal report on climate change worry the White House will intervene before their findings can be published.

Last week, the Trump administration issued its first written notification to the United Nations that it intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The Obama administration strongly supported the agreement. The report, entitled "U.S". Scientists looked at peer-reviewed literature between 1965 and 1979 and found only seven papers talking about global cooling, 20 neutral and 44 implying global warming, according to a 2008 analysis in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

"There was no attempt to steer the report one way or another", Walsh said.

"For example: Increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme heat including deadly heat waves such as the ones that killed about 40,000 Europeans in 2003 and devastated parts of Russian Federation in 2010 have been convincingly linked to climate change", Oppenheimer added.

Hayhoe says the report brings together that latest science in a way that "presents us with a stark and unyielding picture of the tremendous impacts humans are having on this planet and, moreover, the importance of the decisions that we are making today to reduce and eventually eliminate our carbon emissions".

Hopefully, it will encourage the president to realize that cities and counties across the country actually need to know potential implications of climate change in their own back yards, and that the dangers of global warming, irrespective of what we call it, are here to stay.

Significantly, the report underscores a crucial reason why climate inaction is so unsafe: The rate of warming is accelerating.

The Times quoted unnamed scientists who told them they were afraid Trump would suppress the report, which "directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet", the Times reported. But the National Academy of Sciences has approved it, joining academies from around the world in recognizing the scientific and human implications of a rapidly warming climate. And it states that changes in the region could have impacts on the climate around the globe. The amount of additional warming coming from human activity - mostly burning of coal, oil and gas - is more than 40 times stronger than changes in the sun's heat. For instance, 2016 saw record Arctic land temperatures, record temperatures for lakes around the world, record levels of serious drought globally, and "a record low value" for the "mass of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which has the capacity to contribute ~7 m [23 feet] to sea level rise".

The rising temperature, the report said, stems from last year's El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean as well as the planet's long-term warming trend.

The worldwide report, State of the Climate in 2016, was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based on contributions from almost 500 scientists from more than 60 countries.

Report suggests USA is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report. Heat waves can destroy crops, cause power outages, and they are unsafe for your health.

USA report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record