USA government report blames humans for global climate change

USA government report blames humans for global climate change

USA government report blames humans for global climate change

"Even as this report sounds the alarm, Trump's team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking national and worldwide climate action".

The report said average surface air temperature has increased around 1 Celsius over the last 115 years, between 1901-2016, and this period was recorded as the warmest in modern history. It listed a number of damaging developments across the United States that it attributed to the rise of global temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900. To address climate change as well as other risks, the USA will continue to promote access to the affordable and reliable energy needed to grow economically, and to support technology, innovation and the development of modern and efficient infrastructure that will reduce emissions and enable us to address future risks, including climate related risks.

The findings of the governmental agencies and their assessments, however, were in contrast with the President Donald Trump administration's stance.

"This is good, solid climate science", Richard Alley, a Penn State University geoscientist who reportedly contributed to the report's conclusions on sea level rise, told NPR.

"The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally", the report says.

Trump, on June 1, withdrew the USA from the historic Paris Climate Agreement that was signed by 195 countries to combat climate change and global warming. And he has swooped in to try to save America's struggling coal industry and vowed to increase oil and gas production, opening now-protected areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to drilling.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt have said carbon dioxide isn't the primary contributor to global warming.

The significance - and irony - of the report was not lost Friday, as environmentalists, scientists and former government officials made it clear it's time for Trump to face reality.

For Rachel Licker of the Union of Concerned Scientists, also in an interview with NPR, "The Climate Science Special Report is like going to a doctor and being given a report on your vital signs".

The release of the report is mandated by a 1990 law, and the White House didn't attempt to prevent its release.

In response to Friday's release, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted a line in the report that said there was "uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth's climate to emissions". That process involves a back-and-forth dialogue of critiques between two teams of scientists, and some believe that would help the public better understand both the certainties and uncertainties of climate change.

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