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The New York Times Botches a Climate-Change Story

11 August 2017, 07:25 | Justin Tyler

The New York Times Botches a Climate-Change Story

The New York Times Botches a Climate-Change Story

I said no - why bother.

The climate clan took their cue and went ballistic on social media, peddling the line that Trump was planning to hide this secret climate report under his gold-plated pillow. "Scientists were free to express what they thought". Hayhoe is a professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

The world is in a risky place, and it's unclear how much of climate change even concerted global action can stop.

The American Institute of Physics in a historical timeline says the first calculation of global warming dates back to 1896 and a Swiss scientist and even earlier, in 1859, an Irish physicist noticed certain gases trap heat. Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, all drivers of atmospheric warming, recorded new highs a year ago, with carbon dioxide surpassing a milestone 400 parts per million for the first time in recent history.

This is a big reason why the Times has lost so much of its former journalistic prestige and public esteem: It seems to have become a party organ for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, rather than a fearless truth-teller that lives by the creed: "All the news that's fit to print". I don't. I think that there are some other naturally occurring events, the warming and the cooling of our ocean waters and some, you know, other activities that occur. "For example, the impact of El Nino on the climate is completely downplayed and misconstrued to conflict with historical reports". It shows that 2016 was "very extreme and it is a cause for concern", says NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden, a co-editor of the report. Even though the increase is essentially negligible, the scientists warn that without major reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the temperature in the USA will rise almost nine degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century. The Environmental Defense Fund made a number of absurd accusations based on the Times article, tweeting that "someone leaked a major federal climate change report before Trump and Pruitt can cook the books". It also links human-propelled climate change with a decrease in the number of cool nights across the United States since the 1960s and an increase in the number of warm days since the 1980s.

"Evidence for a changing climate abounds", the authors state in the report's executive summary, "from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans". It was uploaded to a nonprofit internet digital library but received little attention until it was published recently by the New York Times.

"'Anyone who's read the 2014 report of the IPCC knows that, while the - while modest, 0.85 degrees Celsius, warming of the earth" has occurred since 1880. That's especially true of the sophisticated, but fallible models and simulations by which scientists attempt to peer into the climate future.

Arctic sea ice coverage was at or near record low, while tropical cyclones were above-average overall. The climate has warmed 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1986, the report says. That directly undercuts statements by Trump and his Cabinet casting doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution.

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