USA: Report Points to Human Activity as Prime Cause of Climate Change

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"Even as this report sounds the alarm, Trump's team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking national and worldwide climate action".

Humans are to blame to for global warming, according to the most comprehensive climate change report yet produced by the federal government.

As previously covered by Futurism, the CSSR makes a very strong case about how climate change is a human-made phenomenon and it's "extremely likely" that the "dominant cause" of global warming has been human activity, the CSSR reads.

Global average surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 115 years, the report notes, with the last three years being the warmest on record. It listed a number of damaging developments across the United States that it attributed to the rise of global temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900. It warned that sea levels could rise by as much as 8 feet by the year 2100.

Despite consensus from the global scientific community about the threat of human-caused climate change, the Trump administration has done almost everything in its power to cast doubt by embracing the denialism pushed by the fossil fuel industry.

"The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally", the report says.

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The 600-page report is unambiguous and contradicts numerous Trump administration's positions and talking points on climate change.

The findings are in stark contrast to the messages coming from Trump and his team. And he has swooped in to try to save America's struggling coal industry and vowed to increase oil and gas production, opening now-protected areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to drilling.

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency frequently in his former role as Oklahoma's attorney general, has expressed doubts about humans causing climate change, as has Energy Secretary Rick Perry. It remains to be seen whether the Trump Administration will reverse its position.

The White House neither sought to prevent the report's release nor tried to alter its conclusions, The Washington Post reported, citing several administration officials and federal scientists.

Asked by TPM Friday why the White House signed off on the report - given its record of making policy around a skepticism of climate science - deputy press secretary Raj Shah focused on the report's disclaimer about "remaining uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth's climate to [greenhouse gas] emissions". But according to the latest report, dramatically curbing emissions offers the only possible solution to the problem of climate change.