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Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began

Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began

The New York Times on Wednesday added a major correction to a story published a day earlier that claimed President Donald Trump could suppress a climate change report, undermining the article's entire premise.

The New York Times has issued a correction after publishing a climate report on Tuesday it said was "leaked" to the paper by a scientist - only to learn the report had been online for months.

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 goal of reviewing this report".

A government agency on Thursday released a report which concluded 2016 was the Earth's warmest year on record. "There are no alternative explanations". 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. Making temperature predictions far into the future has proven to be nothing more than speculation, and goes against the principles of scientific integrity.

Even the federal government's own reports - including a draft science study for the National Climate Assessment obtained this week by The Associated Press and other media - paint an entirely different reality than what's coming from the Trump Administration.

Atmospheric rivers that bring extreme precipitation to the West Coast, like the ones last winter that ended California's drought, are projected to increase in frequency, but will fall more as rain than snow, the report says. Federal policies that determine the use of Federal Emergency Management funding and the laws that are set regarding industries with high carbon emissions will no doubt be affect by the position the Trump administration takes regarding climate change. The National Academy of Sciences is one of the groups that has signed off on the draft.

It is abundantly clear that the Trump Administration does not believe in science.

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The US President has repeatedly dismissed man-made climate change as "a Chinese hoax" and he sent shockwaves through the worldwide community when he announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The latest report holds little back.

"The final draft is now being reviewed by the administration", Hayhoe said. Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, two of the more publicly recognized indicators of global-scale climate change, set new highs during 2016, as did several surface and near-surface indicators and essential climate variables. "If the report is approved, then it is just a matter of logistics before it is published".

It comes as a federal climate change report said it's "extremely likely" that much of the recent rise in temperature is because of human influence.

But as humanity continues to rely on fossil fuels for energy unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases are polluting the atmosphere, acting like a blanket to capture heat around the Earth, the report emphasized.

The report said 2016 was the sixth consecutive year in which the global sea level increased compared with the previous year.

The rising temperature, the report said, stems from last year's El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean as well as the planet's long-term warming trend.