Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began

  • Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began

Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began

Previous year was Earth's warmest on record, according to an worldwide climate report issued Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that documents other record-breaking global warming trends of 2016.

In March, the Washington Post obtained a budget memo showing that the Trump administration meant to slash NOAA funding by 17 percent, a cut that former NOAA chief scientist Rick Spinrad said would "jeopardiz [e] the safety of the American public".

NOAA report co-editor Deke Arndt said the only notable normal global measure in 2016 was snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere.

Global upper ocean heat content near-record high.

Land temperatures warmed too - average Arctic land surface temperature was 2.0 Celsius above the 1981-2010 average.

"Evidence of a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", scientists write, who also note that "[many] lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change".

Via NOAA: "Sea level hit a record high in 2016".

But there are other climate change-related records that have flown more under the radar.

"Global climate is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond".

Scientists expected 2017 to be a bit cooler than 2016 because of the passing of last year's El Nino warming cycle, but so far it's been only slightly cooler, making the first half of the year the second-warmest January-June period on record.

There were also other extreme weather disturbances such as very active and stronger-than-average tropical cyclones.

Since taking office, the administration has appeared intent on removing the phrase "climate change" from government documents, studies, and even public discussions.

Scientists say they fear the Trump administration could change or suppress the report.

- Global sea level rose another quarter of an inch (3.4 millimeters) for the sixth straight year of record high sea levels.

Greenhouse gases were the highest on record.

A new federal report could challenge the Trump administration's dismissive stance on global warming, finding the planet was hotter past year than in well over a century of observation and witnessed more climate disruption than perhaps any point in modern history. Record-high temperatures were measured below the surface of the permafrost, or permanently frozen ground, across the North Slope of Alaska.

The Daily Caller News Foundation pressed TheNYT on this, but reporter Lisa Friedman insisted the report was not publicly available.

"The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country", Pruitt said on a North Dakota radio show Wednesday.

Scientists did not prescribe solutions for the many catastrophes - typhoons, droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events - that it mentions, nor does it weigh in on the fraught political environment the United States now faces regarding climate change.

David Schnare, who worked for a short time at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump, said these kind of reports are "hard to dodge".