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11 August 2017, 02:06 | Bernard Bryant
Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures: study
"The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet".
The temperaturerecord had been reported in the beginning of the year by the United States and numerous other counterpart agencies around the world.
The US President has repeatedly dismissed man-made climate change as "a Chinese hoax" and he sent shockwaves through the global community when he announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
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Meanwhile global sea level reached new highs a year ago and was on average about 82 mm (3.25 inches) higher than the 1993 level.
The authors of the leaked study disagree with that stance, writing in the report: "Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change".
In response to the past three years' record-breaking temperatures, authors of the new study calculated the likelihood of observing a three-year streak of record high temperatures since yearly global temperature records began in the late 19th century and the likelihood of seeing such a streak since 2000, when much of the warming has been observed. The average temperature of land surfaces north of 60°N latitude rose 2.0°C above the 1981 to 2010 average and broke previous records set in 2007, 2011, and 2015 by 0.8°C.
The report State of the Climate confirmed last year's heat resulted from the combined influence of long-term temperature rising and a strong El Nino early in the year. The report is congressionally mandated every four years.
The draft report was compiled by scientists at 13 federal agencies and concluded that Americans were already starting to feel the result of climate change, despite expectations that the change would not be felt for several more decades. The numbers are the differences from the pre-industrial era, calculated as the average mean surface temperature of 1880-1899. Global warmth records have been kept for the past 136 years.
The report also said a warming trend was continuing in the Arctic, and the Antarctic saw a new record low in the extent of sea ice coverage.
The Antarctic, too, experienced record low sea ice coverage, and overall, there was less snow and ice on planet Earth than normal past year.
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