Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Audrey Hill
November 27, 2018

The press release on the report says: "One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes", said Panmao Zhai, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I.

Donald Trump has regularly expressed doubt about climate change - repeatedly claiming that it's a "hoax" - but the 1,700-page report, produced by scientists from 13 federal agencies, contradicts all of his environmental policies and almost every theory and proclamation he has made about climate science.

"The full extent of climate change risks to interconnected systems, many of which span regional and national boundaries, is often greater than the sum of risks to individual sectors", the report said.

The report draws stronger conclusions than three earlier National Climate Assessments in 2000, 2009, and 2014, noting that these types of natural disasters have been increasing in the last 15 years, and that the chances of having more such events going forward are increasing.

Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the risky weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening.

Andrew Light, an global policy expert at the World Resources Institute, told the Associated Press that releasing the report on Black Friday is a "transparent attempt by the Trump administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not only denying but suppressing the best of climate science".

The US government caught people off guard this week by issuing a grave warning about the future of life in North America (and the whole planet) while people were focused on discount shopping.

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Despite the Trump administration's apparent attempt to bury the National Climate Assessment by releasing it the Friday after Thanksgiving, the overwhelming sense of urgency elicited by its alarming findings has been swift.

Attenborough to represent "the people" at United Nations climate talks. The first part, released previous year, says the only convincing explanation for climate change is human activity.

"We live in our drought, our floods and our heat waves".

The report saw contributions from 300 leading scientists and 13 federal agencies.

Then there was this from the report: "Global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 [degrees] from 1901 to 2016, and observational evidence does not support any credible natural explanations for this amount of warming".

Gore was not the only critic questioning the timing of the release. From the fossil fuels he burns jetting around the globe, to his socializing with Hollywood heavy hitters, to his 6,500-square-foot seafront home in California that cost $8.8 million, some climate activists have questioned whether Gore is helping or hurting the climate fight.

A new report compiled by government and private scientists declares that the earth's climate is changing at a faster rate, due largely to human activity.

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