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Official National Park Account Tweets Climate Change Facts After US Becomes Only Nation Opposed To Paris Deal

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Official National Park Account Tweets Climate Change Facts After US Becomes Only Nation Opposed To Paris Deal




The official Twitter account of Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday tweeted that there’s “overwhelming consensus” that humans are the primary driver of climate change just one day after the United States became the only country in the world opposed to the Paris climate accord.

“An overwhelming consensus—over 97%—of climate scientists agree that human activity is the driving force behind today’s rate of global temperature increase,” the account tweeted.

“Natural factors that impact the climate are still at work, but cannot account for today’s rapid warming,” the tweet continued.

In a subsequent tweet, the National Park account said emissions from burning fossil fuels have “increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

“This amplifies the greenhouse effect,” the account tweeted. “Human activity is affecting the land, oceans, & atmosphere, altering the balance of the climate system & causing global changes.”



The tweets come after a massive, congressionally mandated report was published earlier this month by the federal government that said climate change is real and humans are to blame for it.

The report is years in the making and included input from over a dozen federal agencies and research from thousands of scientists around the world.

It is considered the United States’ most definitive statement and authoritative assessment on climate change science.

Many of the report’s conclusion’s directly contradict the Trump’s administration’s positions on climate change, e.g. Trump officials like Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry say they can’t be sure whether human-caused greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are the primary cause of global warming.

The Hill added:

Shortly after President Trump took office, a national park Twitter account sent and then deleted tweets about climate science.

A National Park Service official said at the time the since-deleted posts from the Badlands National Park account came from “a former employee who was not currently authorized to use the park’s account.”

The tweets came amid a Trump administration crackdown on social media activities from several key agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




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