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The 2017 Climate Science Special Report: Excerpts from Key Findings

Here are key excerpts from the Executive Summary of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report.1 This is the final 669-page draft report on climate change prepared by scientists from thirteen federal science agencies2 that was in the news in August when it was released unofficially (leaked to The New York Times) because of fears that the Trump administration might suppress it. The report is part of the National Climate Assessment, congressionally mandated every four years. The graphics shown here are from the report.

—The Editors

Executive Summary

New observations and new research have increased our understanding of past, current, and future climate change since the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA3) was published in May 2014. . . .

Since NCA3, stronger evidence has emerged for continuing, rapid, human-caused global warming of the global atmosphere and ocean. This report concludes that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”

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