NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

  • NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

NYT's 'Leaked' Climate Report Was Online for Months

The planet was hotter in 2016 than any year since record-keeping began more than a century ago, NOAA confirmed Thursday in a new State of the Climate report.

The document containing all these findings and more is a 543-page draft special report from the US Global Change Research Program, a federally-mandated assessment of climate science not yet published but leaked this week to the New York Times. But now there's no way to dodge the central issue because the report explicitly states that burning of fossil fuels is the primary driver of climate change.

The New York Times on Wednesday retracted its claim from a front-page Tuesday story that it exclusively obtained a draft government climate report.

Combining historical temperature data and state-of-the-art climate model simulations, the the researchers found the likelihood of experiencing consecutive record-breaking global temperatures from 2014 to 2016 without the effects of human-caused climate change is no greater than 0.03 percent. 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.

Via NOAA: "Sea level hit a record high in 2016".

Earlier this week the Guardian Newspaper reported that it had received evidence that an agency within the US Department of Agriculture had been instructed to replace the expression "climate change" with "weather extremes. when talking to the public or other agencies".

Significantly, the report underscores a crucial reason why climate inaction is so risky: The rate of warming is accelerating.

Another thing Urban's meta-analysis clearly shows, is that there is a large variation in studies assessing extinction risk under anthropogenic climate change, "depending on the specific assumptions and geographic and taxonomic focus of each study".

A new federal report could challenge the Trump administration's dismissive stance on global warming, finding the planet was hotter previous year than in well over a century of observation and witnessed more climate disruption than perhaps any point in modern history.

Walsh said, whatever fears scientists might have, he's seen no political interference in the report to date. Indeed, the report opens by explaining that "the dominant greenhouse gases released into Earth's atmosphere - carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide - all continued to increase and reach new record high abundances".

Via NOAA: "As the global average temperature has risen, so has the number of extremely hot days that occur each year". Both land and sea surface temperatures set new highs.

The study warned that America's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement could increase the impact of global warming and add to greenhouse gas emissions.

- The world's glaciers shrank - for the 37th year in a row - by an average of about 3 feet (1 meter). Though this avoids the most alarming scenarios scientists have previously considered, it also excludes the least concerning, finding virtually no chance the Earth will keep warming below the desirable level of 1.5 degrees Celsius.