2016 was the hottest year on record; federal climate change panel gets the ax

The Trump administration is disbanding the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, according to a story in yesterday’s Washington Post. The 15-person panel helps private- and public-sector officials incorporate the assessment’s findings into long-term planning. The science-based assessment reports on the climate’s status, changes that have been seen and anticipated trends for the future.

A draft report of the next assessment, due for release in 2018, says “evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on Aug. 10 that 2016 was Earth’s hottest year on record. (Image: iStock.)

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