Science Says: Trump Team Garbles Climate Science

NYT Admits Its Front Page Climate Change Article Was Wrong

"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. "That's not a future prediction anymore".

With the policies President Trump has embraced-where we don't even meet the initial Paris targets and we return to promoting fossil fuels-then we face the very realistic prospect that total warming will be 4°C (7°F) or higher.

This annual check-up for the planet, led by researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information, is based on contributions from more than 450 scientists from almost 60 countries.

However, four co-authors of the federal climate assessment, who spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue, said they have not heard of or witnessed any attempt by the White House to suppress or censor the scientific document.

This "rapid" warming, according to the report, is a rise of about one degree Fahrenheit Between 1901 and 2015 in the USA, mostly due to an increase in temperatures in the western half of the country.

Yet the Times treats the contents of this report as if it were some kind of revealed truth from on high. Why? As Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe reported in June, Republicans in Congress have complained that federal agencies aren't sharing information; the White House began banishing live coverage of briefings; and it ended the Obama practice of releasing White House visitor logs. The report shows that the average temperature in the US has risen rapidly since 1980 and that recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years. The East will get wetter, and the Southwest drier.

New York Times Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller says of the draft report's status: "We were just not aware that somebody involved in the report had put a draft on this nonprofit Internet site", she says.

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The report confirmed what NOAA, along with the World Meteorological Organization, announced in January about global temperatures. The climate has warmed 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1986, the report says.

The report says it is "extremely likely" that human activity is the "dominant cause" of recent warming - adding there is "no convincing alternative explanation".

Walsh said, whatever fears scientists might have, he's seen no political interference in the report to date. Gleick predicted the effects of rising heat on California's water supply 30 years ago. Even so, the article continues to carry this line: "Another scientist involved in the process, who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, said he and others were concerned that it would be suppressed".

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

Richard Alley, a geoscientist at Penn State University, called it "good, solid, well-accepted, carefully vetted science".

"In contrast to these newly contentious climate terms, Moebius-Clune wrote that references to economic growth, emerging business opportunities in the rural U.S., agro-tourism and "improved aesthetics" should be 'tolerated if not appreciated by all, '" the story states.

Alley said the changes in the climate that have already occurred are small compared with what will happen if emissions are not reduced sharply.

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