Science Says: Trump Team Garbles Climate Science


Even so, the Times suggested that the suppressed draft report would be particularly devastating to global warming skeptics, who are "equally anxious that the draft report, as well as the larger (National Climate Assessment), will be publicly released". It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space. One such gas, carbon dioxide, averaged a global concentration of 402.9 parts per million for the year, passing the 400 ppm threshold for the first time in more than 800,000 years, NOAA said. "Those conclusions are drawn in a separate draft portion of the National Climate Assessment highlighted by The New York Times earlier this week". We should treat this document for what it is, an unfinished draft that requires serious revision. A draft had previously been made publicly available online for review and comment, although few had bothered to read it.

Several real climate scientists contacted by Gizmodo felt Smith was not as up to snuff on his research as he claimed to be, however. Or whether the heavily government-subsidized science and questionable models behind the climate change industry are valid or accurate. Many of those agencies are now headed by climate-science deniers and fossil-fuel proponents.

Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University geosciences professor and regular Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change contributor, told Gizmodo that Smith "seems to be reading from the contrarian script rather than listening to climate scientists".

It notes, with "very high" confidence, that the severity and frequency of hot days has increased since the 1960s, while the number and severity of colder-than-average nights has fallen.

Avoided terms include expressions like "climate change adaption", which the department is now urging staff to replace with "resilience to weather extremes". And that, as the scientific literature makes clear, would be the end of modern civilization as we know it.

But this is an unusual time, and what remains uncertain is whether the report now pass the test of an administration that has an unprecedented hostility to climate science and to some degree science itself.

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Furthermore, the report says that "climate models are more likely to underestimate than to overestimate the amount of long-term future change", so there is a greater chance things will be worse than the report lays out than they will be better.

"The New York Times' front-page story on the National Climate Assessment represents fake news in collaboration with the deep state", said Fred Palmer, senior fellow at the conservative think tank.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association released the details in the annual "State of the Climate" report Thursday.

"The impact of El Nino is well known and is indeed taken into account", Trenberth wrote.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a leading environmental agency which is part of the United States federal government, found that global temperatures were warmer last year than in 137 years of recordkeeping for a third consecutive year - surpassing the previosu record of 2015.