NOAA Climate Report Confirms 2016 Was Planet's Hottest Year on Record

Lynne Sladky  AP

He noted that the Times darkly fretted that the draft report "has not yet been made public" but "a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times".

"An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report", TheNYT wrote in its correction issued Wednesday morning.

The report, prepared by nearly 500 scientists from around the world, shows that last year's average global temperatures were the highest ever recorded. She said that while cities in South Florida have long had to cope with flooding, climate change could cause people to leave, shrinking the city's tax base. That federal scientists so feared the final report would be gutted or suppressed by the climate change-doubting Trump administration that they leaked it.

Trump's emphasis on fossil fuels is particularly notable in light of Thursday's report.

In March, the Washington Post obtained a budget memo showing that the Trump administration meant to slash NOAA funding by 17 percent, a cut that former NOAA chief scientist Rick Spinrad said would "jeopardiz [e] the safety of the American public".

2016 is confirmed as hottest year on record according to new @NOAA report.

While the study, recognized as the USA government's most comprehensive look at climate, identified varying levels of turbulence across the globe, few spots were immune to the impacts of climate change - and some faced dire threats.

Brenda Ekwurzel, the director of climate science for the Union of Concerned Scientists who was not involved with the report, said it is "almost at the level of the daily weather report you get".

"I don't think the public is in the dark" about the scientific consensus on climate change, said Luke Popovich, vice president of the National Mining Association, which represents coal companies. Kopp's colleague Katharine Hayhoe likewise tweeted, "Important to point out that this report was already accessible to anyone who cared to read it during public review & comment time". It is yet another call to action for federal, state and local officials - and they all have a role to play in curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases, shoring up infrastructure, improving flood control and finding more efficient ways for societies to grow and manage their populations. Trump announced his plan to withdraw on June 1. Roger Pielke Jr., a scientist attacked by the climate tribe for daring to (correctly) challenge whether global warming is causing extreme weather events, offered up a tweetstorm response to the report.

"This is basically like an annual physical of the climate system", said report co-editor Deke Arndt, NOAA's climate monitoring chief. Global temperatures have increased by about 1.6 degrees over the past 150 years, the study found, and thousands of studies have created "many lines of evidence" to conclude that human activity is primarily behind the changing climate.

The results make it hard to ignore the role human-caused climate change is having on temperatures around the world, according to Mann. For the first time in 800,000 years, the 400 ppm is left behind, according to NOAA's report.

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