New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story

New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story

New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story

Last year's global weather was the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, a USA government report said Thursday.

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.

The report provides updates on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data from environmental monitoring stations and instruments.

"Greenhouse gases were the highest on record", with Carbon dioxide levels reaching 402.9 parts per million-believed to be "the highest concentration of Carbon dioxide in the air in 800,000 years". "Notably, the increase in Carbon dioxide concentration was the largest in the almost six-decade observational record".

Melting glaciers and polar ice caps swelled the world's oceans, and global average sea level rose to a new record high in 2016 - about 3.25 inches (82 millimeters) higher than the 1993 average.

The global lower tropospheric temperature was the highest on record. Both land and sea surface temperatures set new highs. This was the sixth consecutive year global sea level has increased compared to the previous year.

Another record high was also achieved in global greenhouse gas concentrations.

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The draft report was published by the New York Times on Tuesday from publicly available information.

Cape Hatteras is geographically significant because the Gulf Stream, which runs close to the coast for hundreds of miles, veers off into the deeper ocean when it passes Cape Hatteras.

The draft report directly contradicted claims by the Trump administration that the contribution of human activity to climate change is uncertain and unpredictable. "But now, three University of Florida scientists - Dr. Dutton, Arnoldo Valle- Levinson, and Jonathan B. Martin - suggest that the Gulf Stream was not the primary culprit in the 2011 to 2015 rise". Wemple thought the paper's understated correction should be posted with flashing red audio track, and the sentence "This story once peddled a faulty and damaging premise".

"The New York Times' front-page story on the National Climate Assessment represents fake news in collaboration with the deep state", said Fred Palmer, senior fellow at the conservative think tank.

CNN was told the version of the draft that is awaiting Trump administration approval has since been revised twice, although the main findings of the report are still in line with the findings in the version of the draft published by the Times. The amount of additional warming coming from human activity - mostly burning of coal, oil and gas - is more than 40 times stronger than changes in the sun's heat. The report concludes it is "extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century". "The projected actual rise, scientists say, will be as much as 2 degrees Celsius".

The NCA is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. Last week, Trump's administration formally told the United Nations that the USA intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, in which almost 200 nations pledged to reduce carbon emissions.

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