2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, worldwide report shows

2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, worldwide report shows”

The "State of the Climate" publication, which confirms findings released before President Donald Trump was sworn in, outlines the observed outcomes of swiftly rising temperatures. This "rapid" warming, according to the report, is a rise of about one degree Fahrenheit Between 1901 and 2015 in the US, mostly due to an increase in temperatures in the western half of the country.

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

The spike was greatest in the Arctic, where temperatures were 2.6 degrees above the 1981-2010 average and 3.6 degrees higher than they were in 1900. "There are no alternative explanations". Dissemination of this study occurs a few days after he the newspaper The New York Times unveiled the draft of a report on climate change drawn up by several US agencies, which is waiting for approval by the government of Donald Trump.

President Trump, however, has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, while his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, has stated that carbon dioxide does not contribute to global warming, even though the scientific consensus that it does is complete and longstanding.

The Times' overzealousness is usually met with wailing and pearl-clutching from the scientific establishment and environmental activists. And, it was one of the worst years for droughts. Pielke said former Obama science adviser John Holdren was "wrong" about human influence on droughts because there has been no increase in droughts in the U.S. "It's the reality we're living, and the warming we're seeing so far pales in comparison to what we're likely to see in the future on our current carbon emissions trajectory". The last report was released in 2014.

"There was no attempt to steer the report one way or another", Walsh said.

"It was under the radar and we were fine about that", one author said.

Last week, the Trump administration issued its first written notification to the United Nations that it intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Drafted by scientists at 13 federal agencies, the report cited the warming trend as "global, long term and unambiguous".

"The final draft is now being reviewed by the administration", Hayhoe said.

"On CBS This Morning, Major Garrett offered a lecture on what the document means: "The lack of comment from officials here and from those at some of the relevant federal agencies about this report's startling conclusions suggest not just skepticism but, at least initially, a lack of curiosity". However, the administration may choose to not approve it, or to request changes". Authors of the subsection of that report, however, said they've seen no sign that might happen. Many climatologists are concerned that the Trump White House could hide the report or alter its findings.

The average surface temperature of Earth has gone up about 1.1 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century. And it states the evidence that human activity is driving climate change is stronger than ever.

Via Climate Central: "The 2016 average temperature for the contiguous USA was 54.9°F, which was 2.2°F above the 1981-2010 average, this is the second warmest since records began".

According to the report, the planet increased in temperature by 0.81 to 1.01 degrees Fahrenheit in 2016 and was, in part, due to the El Nino phenomenon that occurred earlier in the year.

Global sea level was the highest on record.

If human-caused climate change is not considered, the warming observed in 2016 would have about a 1-in-a-million chance of occurring, compared with a almost 1-in-3 chance when anthropogenic warming is taken into account, according to the study.

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