NEW YORK • The Trump Administration released a sweeping federal climate report concluding that the Earth is warming at an alarming rate due to human activity.
The Earth is undergoing its warmest period “in the history of modern civilisation”, fuelled primarily by rising levels of carbon dioxide, according to the study last Friday. The Congressionally mandated report, released by the US Global Change Research Programme, was initiated under President Barack Obama in 2015.
The conclusions about melting glaciers, diminishing snow cover, ocean acidification and other results of a warming planet are hardly new. The central premise, that humans are to blame contradicts previous statements of President Donald Trump and many high ranking members of his administration, who have questioned the scientific findings regarding climate change.
A spokesman issued a statement saying the administration supports rigorous scientific analysis and debate.
“In the US, energy related carbon dioxide emissions have been declining, are expected to remain flat through 2040, and will also continue to decline as a share of world emissions,” principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in the statement.
Scientists had expressed concern that the White House would either alter the report’s findings or block its release. Last Wednesday, nine Democratic senators sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, calling on the administration to refrain from political interference. In the end, the report was issued as the scientists wrote it.