Federal Agencies Deliver Blunt Report on Human-Caused Climate Change

Humans Are the “Dominant Cause” of Global Warming, According to the Latest US Government Study

The report is called the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), a 600-page first volume in the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).

According to USA government researchers, climate change is putting the Earth in worse dire straits than ever.

In addition, the report notes that three of the warmest years on record - 2014, 2015 and 2016 - occurred since the last report was released; those years also had record-low sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean in the summer. One big one: How will climate change alter atmospheric circulation in the mid-latitude areas?

The 600-page report is unambiguous and contradicts numerous Trump administration's positions and talking points on climate change. The number of large forest fires is predicted to increase. The report says that global average temperatures "will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gas (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally". Global sea levels - which have risen 7 to 9 inches since 1900 - could rise "by at least several inches in the next 15 years and by 1-4 feet by 2100".

The findings are in stark contrast to the messages coming from Trump and his team.

Trump, on June 1, withdrew the USA from the historic Paris Climate Agreement that was signed by 195 countries to combat climate change and global warming.




Denial about what is happening to the planet permeates his administration. "This has been reviewed so many times in so many ways, and it's taking what we know from ... a couple of centuries of climate science and applying it to the U.S".

In March, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt told CNBC, "No, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see". And Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park started melting "right after the end of the Ice Age" and that it has "been a consistent melt".

For Rachel Licker of the Union of Concerned Scientists, also in an interview with NPR, "The Climate Science Special Report is like going to a doctor and being given a report on your vital signs". It is meant to inform decisions made by Congress and the federal government, but it's unclear whether the Trump administration will lend it any credence.

The release of the report is mandated by a 1990 law, and the White House didn't attempt to prevent its release. But according to the latest report, dramatically curbing emissions offers the only possible solution to the problem of climate change.

In response to Friday's release, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted a line in the report that said there was "uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth's climate to emissions".

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