4 takeaways from federal climate change report scientists fear Trump may suppress

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The study finds that the average temperature in the USA has been rising quickly since 1980, and that it is now hotter than any other time in the last 1,500 years. A draft for this year's report has already been submitted to the Trump administration for approval before it can be made public. A copy of the draft report was obtained by The New York Times, the publication said, adding that scientists were fearful that President Donald Trump's administration could suppress the findings.

"We're getting out... we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said.

The report concluded that if humans immediately halted greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures would still rise an additional 0.3 degree Celsius this century, compared with the actual projected increase of 2 degrees Celsius.

"Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change", the draft said. The evidence for climate change can be found at the top of the atmosphere to depths of oceans.

As for hurricanes, "The projected increase in the intensity of hurricanes in the North Atlantic could increase the probability of extreme coastal flooding along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts beyond what would be projected based exclusively on [relative sea level] rise".

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt flat-out rejects established climate science, refusing to link Carbon dioxide and global warming.

The EPA and 12 other agencies have until August 18 to approve of the climate report for public release.

The draft document cites thousands of scientific studies documenting changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures, among other global climate transformations. And in June, Trump announced that the US would withdraw from so-called Paris agreement on climate change, which is the main worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It is abundantly clear that the Trump Administration does not believe in science. Trump has called climate change a hoax and a Chinese conspiracy created to harm the U.S., and Pruitt, while recently at least acknowledging that the global climate is getting hotter, claims that it is both impossible to know to what extent human activity is to blame, and that the trend going forward is impossible to predict. It's produced every four years by more than 300 scientists and is overseen by a federal advisory committee consisting of about 60 experts. According to the document, United States citizens are now feeling the effects of climate change, a phenomenon questioned or minimized by the president himself and members of his cabinet.

They vowed steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times and to "pursue efforts" to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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