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A report issued by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump states unequivocally that human activity is the primary cause of increased surface temperatures over the past century. This increase in temperatures is commonly referred to as climate change.
The report was generated by a slew of scientists spread across 13 distinct federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of State and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”).
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Titled, “Climate Science Special Report,” the exhaustive document is the product of years worth of research by hundreds of scientists and experts affiliated with the agencies involved in its production. Those experts are culled from both the federal government and the broader scientific academy.
The report is the fourth such publication produced under the auspices of the National Climate Assessment. This document is put together every four years under the terms of the 1990 Global Change Research Act. It purports to be, “an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States.”
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The Executive Summary section of the report begins with an ominous declaration reflecting the consensus of the scientific community, “The climate of the United States is strongly connected to the changing global climate.”
The summary then goes on to note:
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This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.
Citing the highest temperatures recorded on the planet in the last 115 years, the report notes, “This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization. The last few years have...
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