Trump should accept not suppress a sweeping report on climate change

They say average USA temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980, and are now the warmest in 1700 years.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said in an interview Tuesday that she sees no reason why the Trump administration would reject new findings about the impact of climate change on the United States, adding that climate change "is real".

"An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report", the Times's correction read.

The climate science special report said the global annual average temperature has increased by more than 1.6 degrees F (0.9 degrees C) between 1880 to 2015, and the average temperatures in recent decades over most of the world has been much higher than at any time in at least the past 1700 years. "There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate".

The administration has taken a host of steps this year to reverse former President Obama's climate change agenda, including retreating from the Paris climate accord, rescinding new limits on power plant emissions, and other moves.

The report, a synthesis of the available science prepared by 13 government agencies, is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by Congress and is supposed to be published every four years.

The draft report has not been made public by the government, as it had been awaiting approval from the Trump administration, but was reported on Monday by The New York Times and other news outlets. President Trump and his cabinet have made their views on climate change clear, with the President announcing earlier this year that America is to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

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Signs of relentless global climate change are all around us.

The report all but erases doubt that climate change is the result of human activity, with the range of human contribution to global average temperature increases placed at between 1.1 to 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit between 1951 and 2010.

Destructive climate change has arrived in the Midwest. The most extreme scenario - a sea-level rise of about 8 feet - assumes a rapid mass loss from the Antarctic ice sheet.

In an an interview last November with the New York Times Trump said there was "some connectivity" between human actions and climate change, but said he was unsure "if anybody is ever going to really know" for sure.

The Internet Archive, a website that archives content published online, says it downloaded the report from the Environmental Protection Agency's website in January 2017. The assessment also draws the conclusion that heat waves are more common and extreme since 1980, while cold waves are much less common.

"How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions", the draft report said.

Average rainfall every year across the US has increased by 4 percent since the start of the 20th century, the Times reported.

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