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11 Agosto 2017, 09:24 | Verda Sainz
2016 down as warmest year on record
It's getting hotter. Average annual temperatures in the USA have increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1901 and 2016.
Recurring natural shifts in atmospheric patterns can affect temperature and precipitation from months to years.
He added there is "abundant evidence" the recent increase in extreme weather, like Hurricane Sandy and widespread flooding in the southern United States, was the result of human-inducted climate change.
"During this recent drought, we had the warmest years on record, the warmest winters on record, the most severe combination of low precipitation and high temperature on record, the lowest snowpack on record, the most drought indicators on record. There are no alternative explanations". The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a... The Obama administration strongly supported the agreement. Today, the 280-pages special report was published as its 27th version titled State of the Climate in 2016, in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The last report was released in 2014. There are no convincing alternative explanations supported by the observational evidence, the report said.
President Trump has not talked directly about the science since taking office, but on the Hugh Hewitt radio show in 2015 he said: "I'm not a believer in man-made global warming". "Our ability to attribute the characteristics of some types of extreme events to climate change has been confirmed by the National Academy of Sciences".
In other words, it has passed all the usual tests for scientific integrity.
The climate clan took their cue and went ballistic on social media, peddling the line that Trump was planning to hide this secret climate report under his gold-plated pillow.
"The final draft is now being reviewed by the administration", Hayhoe said. "To report it in any other way is just fake news".
But in a correction added later, the Times admitted that the report they were concerned was going to be suppressed had already been made publicly available.
The draft report makes clear the depth and breadth of the evidence for how and why the climate is being disrupted. But the link between global change and human activity is not detailed in the study. "Arctic air temperatures continue to increase at double the rate of the global temperature increase, and this increase can be linked directly to changes in the Arctic environmental system", the report found.
The records highlighted in the "State of the Climate in 2016" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sound ominous.
"Aided in part by the strong El Nino early in the year, the 2016 combined global land and ocean surface temperature was record-high for a third consecutive year", it said.
The report said that heat waves and droughts had reached record intensities in some parts of the country.
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