2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, global report shows

The Times has since corrected its story

The Times has since corrected its story

The leak of the draft report comes amid an unprecedented streak of rapidly rising global temperatures. 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. But this week, the paper's hyperbole about a government climate report was called out not only by other journalists and a Republican member of Congress, but also by scientists who were quoted in the article itself.

The agency's annual report, released Thursday, was based on contributions from almost 500 scientists from more than 60 nations. "If the administration is backing out of the Paris agreement and there's not a strong backing of the idea of human caused climate change, than our report will most surely come into conflict with some of those stated ideas".

Last year was the third consecutive year of record-breaking heat in 137 years of record-keeping, according to the new 299-page report, which was written by 450 scientists in more than 60 nations. The damage is done and can't be hidden; the evidence is irrefutable.

In Antarctica, record low sea ice extents were recorded in August and November, with the latter measurement drastically smaller than the 30-year average. And it states that changes in the region could have impacts on the climate around the globe. It surpassed 2015, of course. Studies show Florida, for example, has invested trillions of dollars in infrastructure with virtually no consideration given to rising sea levels.

Globally, sea level hit a record high a year ago, marking the sixth consecutive annual increase. This remarkable surge brought global Carbon dioxide levels to their new record level, 402.9 ppm, "surpassing 400 ppm for the first time in the modern atmospheric measurement record and in ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years". "These are all physically very closely linked with high temperatures". NOAA report also documented 2016 was the year with the warmest temperatures. In fact, the United States 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.

Global temperature trends from 1880 up to 2010. In essence, the report gives the lie to everything the administration is saying about how the notion that human activity contributes to climate change is just a theory and that no one can accurately might happen in the future, so let's just keep on doing what we have been doing, which is finding new and creative ways to unleash more carbon that has been sequestered underground for millions of years.

Climate scientists that worked on the report, however, were quick to point out it's been online since January.

Trump and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt have given vague answers when asked whether they believe that climate change is impacted by human activity, or if Trump still believes that climate change is a "Chinese hoax".

The US Global Change Research Program, which will edit and produce the final climate report, did not respond to phone calls and e-mails seeking comment. The hydrology of the Colorado River Basin, on which the West's big cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles and Las Vegas depend, has already undergone "profound change", the report says. He claims that they could interfere with the EPA work, working to reverse a 2009 study that claims carbon dioxide emissions represent a danger to the public.

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