The 27th annual "State of the Climate" report, led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), stands as the first comprehensive rebuke by the nation's and world's climate scientists to the presidency of Donald Trump.
The draft report was published by the New York Times on Tuesday from publicly available information. But many both inside and outside government fear the final report will be suppressed by the so-called Trump administration.
The report, by 30 lead authors representing agencies such as NASA, federal laboratories, the private sector and universities, is part of the National Climate Assessment. That would be catastrophic: most scientists see a temperature increase of just 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit as the threshold beyond which climate change is irreversible and apocalyptic. I said no - why bother.
The report was available on the Internet Archive non-profit website at the start of the year, however.
The alarmist climate media is at it again.
"As others have pointed out - and The New York Times should have noticed - drafts of this report have been published and made widely available online months ago during the public comment period", she continued.
In reality, the "suppressed" report went through a public comment period for almost three months during which anyone on earth could read it.
A report on Tuesday in the Times laid out the findings of a high-profile multiagency climate report, which said that Americans are already feeling the effects of a climate that's changed over the past several decades.
So, what's in the clandestine report? "Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans". The report concludes it is "extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century". If we don't heavily reduce these emissions, average global temperatures could increase by 9 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of the century, the report says. Even though the increase is essentially negligible, the scientists warn that without major reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the temperature in the US will rise almost nine degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century.
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.
Significantly, the report underscores a crucial reason why climate inaction is so unsafe: The rate of warming is accelerating. 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".
The climate clan is already hunkering down, planning to use the report to push for more federal climate policies and smear Trump."After the news cycle is over, we'll be right back where we were before on the climate issue".
In its six months to date, it chose a climate-science denier to lead the Environmental Protection agency; rolled back two dozen regulations limiting air, water, and land pollution; and announced a US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit carbon emissions.
USA climate scientists have watched these policy developments with increasing alarm, with some expressing concern the Trump administration might seek to bury or significantly water down the quadrennial climate assessment. California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer tweeted that, "The Administration can not legally ignore this report". "Our ability to attribute the characteristics of some types of extreme events to climate change has been confirmed by the National Academy of Sciences". "For example, the impact of El Nino on the climate is completely downplayed and misconstrued to conflict with historical reports". What is very clear is that the New York Times has lost any sense of objectivity on the issue.