Trump admin releases report showing 2016 was hottest year ever

  • Trump admin releases report showing 2016 was hottest year ever

Trump admin releases report showing 2016 was hottest year ever

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.

A new study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed on Thursday that 2016 was the hottest year in history.

If the day ends in a y, the New York Times will run at least one breathless, apocalyptic story about how man-made climate change is destroying the planet and the future of our children. Studies show Florida, for example, has invested trillions of dollars in infrastructure with virtually no consideration given to rising sea levels.

Scientists from all over the world sentenced that a year ago was the worst for the planet.

It seems unlikely the climate change deniers Trump has installed at all levels of government will give the draft report their blessing. The hydrology of the Colorado River Basin, on which the West's big cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles and Las Vegas depend, has already undergone "profound change", the report says.

"Drought in 2016 was among the most extensive in the post-1950 record", said the report.

President Trump has not only denied the link, calling climate change a hoax, but reversed course on USA policy on greenhouse gas emissions.

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 USA withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit carbon emissions. NOAA attributed the record warmth to global warming, but also a strong El Niño in early 2016.

"The annual increases in methane and nitrous oxide were pretty much in line with their decadal trends, but the rise in global carbon dioxide of 3.5 [parts per million] was the largest year-over-year increase observed in the 58-year measurement record", Blunden said. The temperature was also more than 1˚C over the pre-industrial average.

The temperature record had been reported in the beginning of the year by the United States and numerous other counterpart agencies around the world. Effective on November 4, 2016, the agreement aims to combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nonbinding national efforts and mandatory emissions reporting. "Since 1970, the rate of warming has increased to 0.5°F per decade". If greenhouse-gas emissions remain high and few steps are undertaken to better manage water resources, chronic long-lasting shortages - or hydrological drought - are possible by 2100.

"Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, two of the more publicly recognized indicators of global-scale climate change, set new highs during 2016", the report explains, "as did several surface and near-surface indicators and essential climate variables".

The assessment has generally been released every four years under a federal initiative mandated by Congress in 1990.

As for the accuracy of climate predictions, a review of 38 past computer models by Berkeley Earth climate scientist Zeke Hausfather found that on average they had accurately predicted the levels of warming later observed.