logo

08 August 2017

US climate change report leaked amid fears he’ll reject it

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Picture: AP

A DAMNING report on climate change that contradicts claims made by Donald Trump’s administration on global warming has been leaked, as scientists fear the President may suppress it.

“Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now,” the report said according to The New York Times, which acquired a draft copy of the report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

The report says extreme heatwaves have become more common and extreme cold waves have less common since the 1980s.

It says emissions of greenhouse gases will affect the degree to which global temperatures continue to rise — a claim President Trump and some members of his cabinet have disputed.

One scientist cited anonymously by the Times says he and other researchers are worried that the Trump administration, which must approve the report’s release, will suppress it.

President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Picture: AP

President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Picture: APSource:AP

The report “directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain and that the ability to predict the effects is limited,” the Times said.

“How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions,” a draft of the report states.

The report is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is carried out every four years, The New York Times reports.

The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the draft and is awaiting permission from the Trump administration for it to be publicly released.

The report also found that we would still experience at least 0.30 degrees Celsius of warming over this century compared with today, even if we put a stop to greenhouse gas emissions.

A small increase in global temperatures can lead to prolonged heatwaves, storms and the breakdown of coral reefs.

Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Because of climate change, more sea ice is being lost each summer than is being replenished in winters. Picture: AP

Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Because of climate change, more sea ice is being lost each summer than is being replenished in winters. Picture: APSource:AP

The report found that surface, air and ground temperatures in Alaska and the Arctic are warming twice as fast as the global average.

“It is very likely that the accelerated rate of Arctic warming will have a significant consequence for the United States due to accelerating land and sea ice melting that is driving changes in the ocean including sea level rise threatening our coastal communities,” the report states.

The United States just announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming.

Broken sea ice emerges from under the hull of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica in the Arctic's Northwest Passage. Sea ice has slowly been melting away in one of the most visible effects of man-made global warming. Picture: AP

Broken sea ice emerges from under the hull of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica in the Arctic’s Northwest Passage. Sea ice has slowly been melting away in one of the most visible effects of man-made global warming. Picture: APSource:AP

Two months after President Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its “intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement” — a process that will take at least until 2020.

The United States is the world’s second biggest producer of greenhouse gases after China and its withdrawal was a seen as a body blow to the Paris agreement.

The accord commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

They vowed steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures “well below” two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times and to “pursue efforts” to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Please follow and like us:

Share
#

Write a comment

3+3 = ?