The unvarnished truth about climate change

Global temperature trends from 1880 up to 2010. Image Credit NOAA

In its correction, the red-faced Gray Lady wrote: "An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report".

The 27th annual State of the Climate report, prepared by more than 450 scientists from almost 60 countries under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's watch, said 2016 marked the third straight year of record warmth. The climate report is a collection of data from tens of thousands of measurements compiled by almost 500 scientists in more than 60 countries around the globe.

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

For President Trump however, dealing with climate change may take more than simply inventing nuanced, politically correct language. The paper has an entire propaganda section devoted to articles about climate change; the headlines usually include something like, "Hottest Ever!"

The Trump administration has released a report confirming that 2016 was the hottest year since records began.

The report says it is "extremely likely" that human activity is the "dominant cause" of recent warming - adding there is "no convincing alternative explanation". The Times' story now contains this correction: "While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times". One-third of the sea level rise since 1880 has occurred since 1990, and coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic are at increasing risk of routine flooding, saltwater intrusion into the drinking water supply and the collapse of roads, utilities and other vital infrastructure.

A final draft of the assessment was posted online by the New York Times, which reported that scientists are anxious the Trump Administration might try to change or suppress it.

"Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report", is the latest result of a longstanding process going back to 1990 that's been carried out under presidents of both parties with a specific mandate of reviewing and reporting the latest and best climate science - what we know about climate change and what we don't know.

"The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet".

Greenhouse gas concentrations were up.

That's according to the annual "State of the Climate" report issued Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

The usual talking point among non-scientists is that in the 1970s - not 1920s - experts thought the world was cooling.

The leak of the draft report comes amid an unprecedented streak of rapidly rising global temperatures.

NOAA attributed the record warmth to global warming, but also a strong El NiƱo in early 2016. Oops. What the Times saw was a chance to exploit an obscure report to further its agenda of portraying Donald Trump as a Neanderthal who "could change or suppress the report" without the public's knowledge. The last one was from 2014, and it made crystal clear we were running out of time to avoid catastrophe.

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