The draft climate science special report the New York Times published makes for grim if unsurprising reading.
“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid 20th century.”
The 673 page report was drafted by 29 lead authors of which 13 were US federal agencies. For the avoidance of doubt, the report defines ‘extremely likely’ as 95%-100% certainty. Its findings go against the US administration and contradicts the ‘uncertainty’ theory pushed by many senior Republicans. The report has not yet been made public so Trump has yet to comment on its findings, but we have seen US federal departments censoring the use of the term ‘climate change’ and removal of it from government websites. This precedence would imply a blanket dismissal. It is hard after all to walk back from a position of ‘climate scientists are self-interested, politicised, anti-american alarmists’. Thankfully though beyond self-serving politicians, businesses and individuals understand that temperature affects agricultural productivity, energy use, human health, water resources, infrastructure, natural ecosystems and other essential aspects of society (not to mention the natural environment) so are taking action. Hallelujah!