Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

Not because there was no other way to get an early look it. "If the report is approved, then it is just a matter of logistics before it is published".

The only problem: The draft report has been online since January.

In the first several months of the Trump administration, many scientists have expressed concern that the federal government is not taking effective steps to curb the effects of climate change. How can you suppress what's already out?

This is the twenty-seventh issuance of the annual assessment now known as State of the Climate. That's the nature of the bureaucratic beast. But the Times' politicking of the CSSR's plight is even worse.

The Leftmedia has one objective: To vilify the Trump administration whenever the opportunity arises.

Even so, the Times seemed to suggest this is all being done in some nefarious way by the Trump administration to twist the report or soften it or even falsify it.

The report cites thousands of peer-reviewed studies. By a law passed in the 1990s, the NCA is supposed to come out every four years.

"These comments reflect the utterances of someone who either doesn't have the faintest understanding of the science, or has total contempt for scientific truth", Michael Mann, climatologist, geophysicist and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center, told Gizmodo.

"It's very disappointing, yet entirely predictable to learn The New York Times would write off a draft report without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a leading environmental agency which is part of the United States federal government, found that global temperatures were warmer last year than in 137 years of recordkeeping for a third consecutive year - surpassing the previosu record of 2015.

The scientific report is working its way through the federal review process and, Hayhoe says, "has passed peer review, public review, agency review by all agencies and departments with relevant expertise, and review by a committee of the US National Academy of Sciences that was specially convened with the sole objective of reviewing this report".

So once again, The Times let its hatred for all things Trump cloud its journalistic judgment.

Walsh said, whatever fears scientists might have, he's seen no political interference in the report to date. The story shouldn't just be corrected; it should be retracted. The Times followed with publication of the final report.

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. Unfortunately, "doing something" means imposing strict government controls on both businesses and individual behavior, requiring major cuts in living standards and personal freedoms. "It compels action to prevent climate change".

"Temperature. affects agricultural productivity, energy use, human health, infrastructure, natural ecosystems and many other essential aspects of society and the natural environment".

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