Scientists Debunk NY Times Story About 'Leaked' Climate Change Report

During the state’s recent drought the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose went dry revealing in 2014 a car that had been dumped in the lake. The federal government’s latest National Climate Assessment says California can expect more extreme swings between

By a law passed in the 1990s, the NCA is supposed to come out every four years. The first such assessment was completed in 2014.

The Times's front-page story said that scientists were anxious that the Climate Science Special Report - a multi-agency report that lays the blame for climate change on human activity - "would be suppressed" by the Trump administration, as cabinet members have expressed skepticism that humans are causing global warming.

They have good reason to be concerned.

The article later states "scientists fear the Trump administration could change or suppress the report". The antipathy to science has never been greater since the days when Galileo locked horns with the Vatican over his findings derived from dropping objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

California experienced its warmest summer on record past year, the report noted, as one of its most severe droughts gave way to one of its wettest winters. That is a congressionally mandated analysis that seeks to build on the existing science and provide a snapshot of the current state of climate change. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence".

The draft was actually completed in January.

The supposedly-leaked and suppressed report had, in fact, been publicly available for months before the New York Times reported its "scoop" - forcing the Times to publish a correction to its story.

An early version of the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was distributed widely in December for review by leading scientists. Its conclusions are based on thousands of studies conducted by tens of thousands of scientists around the world. "The science says what is says, with something welcomed and unwelcomed by all political sides here". The temperature was also more than 1˚C over the pre-industrial average.

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"It's a fraught situation", says Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geoscience and worldwide affairs at Princeton University, who was not involved in the study.

The US President has repeatedly dismissed man-made climate change as "a Chinese hoax" and he sent shockwaves through the worldwide community when he announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

On CNBC in March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said, "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see". The temperature of the region of the atmosphere just above the Earth's surface, known as the troposphere, was also the highest on record, as was the global average for the surface of the sea.

Much of the talk about rising temperatures assumes that the increase is uniform in all areas of the world.

Walsh contributed to the chapter on Alaska and the Arctic.

The 13 government agencies must sign off on the report by Sunday.

Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a surprisingly critical blog headlined "New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate change story." .

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