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The New York Times has a breaking story: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and the ability to predict the effects are limited.

“How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.

The draft report lists some of the effects that have been linked to climate change: fewer cool nights, more and hotter days, and other effects. 

The study examines every corner of the United States and finds that all of it was touched by climate change. It said the average annual rainfall across the country has increased by about 4 percent since the beginning of the 20th century. Parts of the West, Southwest and Southeast are drying up, while the Southern Plains and Midwest are getting wetter.

It’s happening now, it’s real, and it’s not getting better. Scientists are concerned the report will be suppressed or heavily edited by the Trump administration, which is determinedly in denial. 

Read the whole thing, and check out the additional links at the bottom of the article. The New York Times has a draft copy of the report; it remains to be seen if they will release it.

UPDATE: Two related stories from NPR show why convincing people that climate change is real is running into problems. The next generation is already being indoctrinated by fossil fuel interests.

The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News

…Earlier this year, Engleman received a booklet from the conservative Heartland Institute.

The packaging included a cover letter, “glossy book and a CD” advising teachers to be skeptical because scientists — it says — are unsure about the cause of climate change.

Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students

…DeBoer is among 14,000 teachers in Oklahoma being trained to instruct a K through 12 education curriculum funded by the oil and gas industry. The lesson plans, created by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, have been used in Kansas, and the overall model has been pitched to at least five other states.

The program centers on teaching math and science through oil-centric lessons and labs. That includes things like calculating the mileage of tanker trucks, or the slope of pipelines.

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