The agency's annual report, released Thursday, was based on contributions from almost 500 scientists from more than 60 nations.
The Times' overzealousness is usually met with wailing and pearl-clutching from the scientific establishment and environmental activists. As economies expand, they emit more planet-warming carbon dioxide into the air.
The various agencies have until August 18 to prepare the final report in order to meet the timeline imposed by Congress.
In a statement, Smith argued the "alarmist media is at it again" and tried to one-up the thousands of studies referred to in the report, suggesting he knows better than the tens of thousands of scientists who wrote them.More news: Microsoft to release open source blockchain framework
Some of the key findings of the report are that the average temperature in the U.S. has increased dramatically since 1980 and that recent decades have been among the warmest in the past 1,500 years. That's far higher than normal and "one of the worst years for drought", said report co-author Robert Dunn of the United Kingdom Met Office.
The report, by 30 lead authors representing agencies such as NASA, federal laboratories, the private sector and universities, is part of the National Climate Assessment.
Kopp tweeted: "It's not clear what the news is in this story; posted draft is public review draft from Dec, and WH review hasn't yet missed Aug 18 deadline". It's an assessment of the latest and best climate science from around the world by 13 federal agencies, including NASA, the EPA and even the Department of Defense, along with a host of leading USA scientists. "The reporter just didn't know and the editors didn't know and once it was brought to our attention, we sorted it out" and ran a correction.
If that happens, she said, "the author team will then have to decide whether they can make [those changes] or not". The unpublished analysis was made available to the New York Times days before Sunday's deadline for the 13 federal agencies to approve the report. "If we stabilized concentrations in the atmosphere today - we can't, but if we did - warming would continue, sea level would continue to rise, so we have to deal with some change". "Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate changes".
The leak of the draft report comes amid an unprecedented streak of rapidly rising global temperatures.More news: Trump on Putin Expelling Diplomats: 'I Want to Thank Him'
The paper has an entire propaganda section devoted to articles about climate change; the headlines usually include something like, "Hottest Ever!"
NOAA attributed the record warmth to global warming, but also a strong El Niño in early 2016.
Key members of Trump's Cabinet have more recently questioned whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases created by human activities are the primary cause for global warming. At 2.25 degrees of warming, heat-wave temperatures in the region would be risky but not as deadly.
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