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United Nations officially notified of U.S. intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

United Nations officially notified of U.S. intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

Worried President Trump and his Cabinet officials will suppress their findings, a group of federal scientists on Monday night leaked a draft of a sweeping climate change study to the media before it had been approved by the administration. The report, final draft dated June 28, also goes against the Trump administration's assertion that human contribution to climate change is unknown, and that the ability in predicting its effects is sparse. The planet is steadily inching toward an average increase in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, the point that sets alarm bells ringing for scientists who warn of climate catastrophe.

The report, which has been endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences, says it is "extremely likely" humans have been the chief cause of the global warming since the middle of the last century. Scrapping climate-change denial would be a major step forward in diminishing the "alternative facts" industry on the right, which forces otherwise thoughtful people to adopt a know-nothing stance to show solidarity with their political brethren.

"When pressed on whether the administration would embrace the results of this report - which was drafted by scientists from 13 federal agencies - Haley said she hasn't seen the report".

The draft report was leaked to the New York Times, which posted it online on Tuesday.

The findings come nearly two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, a historic pact between nations to adopt green energy sources, cut down on emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures. The climate science report is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is supposed to be released every four years, though it has only appeared three times since 1990. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation. Scott Pruitt, who is in charge of the environmental protection agency, has said, "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact". The most extreme scenario - a sea-level rise of about 8 feet - assumes a rapid mass loss from the Antarctic ice sheet.

"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", that draft report reads. It was leaked to The New York Times amid concerns the Trump administration would try to bury the report. "We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we're protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law".

The U.S. has experienced fewer cool nights since the 1960s and that heat waves have become more common since the 1980s. It's true the United States was working toward zero emissions at a quicker rate than countries like China, but the USA also has much more infrastructure already in place to aid in achieving that goal.

Its authors appear to have shared the report with the New York Times because they don't trust the Trump administration - for fairly obvious reasons.

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