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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

           

Smoke rose from trees burned in a wildfire in Wrightwood, Calif., last year. A report from 13 federal agencies says extreme weather events have cost the United States $1.1 trillion since 1980. Credit Jonathan Alcorn/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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nytimes.com - by Lisa Friedman and Glenn Thrush - November. 3, 2017

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes, the report says. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” it says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame.

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The United States was warmer and wetter than average in October

ncei.noaa.gov - November 8, 2017

The October nationally averaged temperature was 55.7°F, 1.6°F above the 20th century average, and ranked among the warmest third of the historical record. Record warmth spanned New England with much-above-average temperatures stretching into the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic. Below-average temperatures were observed in the Northwest and northern Rockies. The year-to-date U.S. average temperature was the third warmest on record at 57.5°F, 2.5°F above average. Only January–October of 2012 and 2016 were warmer.

For October, the national precipitation total was 2.53 inches, 0.37 inch above average, and ranked among the wettest third of the historical record. Much-above-average precipitation fell in the central Plains, Midwest, Northeast, along the Appalachians, and the central Gulf Coast. Much-below-average precipitation was observed in the Southwest and parts of the northern and southern Plains. The year-to-date U.S. precipitation total was 28.93 inches, 3.57 inches above average. This was the second wettest January–October on record, with only the same period in 1998 being wetter.

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Record-breaking droughts, fires, and hurricanes have made the near-term effects of climate change a front-and-center issue across America.

psmag.com - by Eric Holthaus - November 9, 2017

What is happening across the United States is not normal. From coast to coast, this year's weather has been unlike almost anything in history, and, as the year winds down, the data is starting to prove it.

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update on how U.S. weather is faring this year. The assessment: With record-setting wildfires, drought, floods, and storms, extreme weather this year has been relentless.

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