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Scientists behind a damning new report on climate change fear it will be suppressed by the White House because it contradicts President Donald Trump’s views on global warming.

The draft paper from 13 US government agencies shows that recent decades have been the warmest for 1,500 years and the average temperature in America has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980.

“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” says the report, according to a copy leaked to the New York Times.

The report is awaiting approval by the Trump administration for public release but the authors are concerned it may never see the light of day because the president and members of his Cabinet claim the human effect on climate change is unclear and difficult to forecast.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump said the US would withdraw from the Paris accord, claiming the deal to cut fossil fuel emissions was bad for America.

In the study, the scientists insist the Paris agreement involving Britain and nearly 200 nations is a key step to keeping global warming at manageable levels.

They insist that research by tens of thousands of their colleagues supports the conclusion that humans are largely to blame for climate change.

“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change,” they wrote.

The US National Academy of Sciences has already signed off on the report, which has been compiled as part of the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by US Congress every four years.

Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science at Texas Tech University, called the conclusions among “the most comprehensive climate science reports’ to be published.”

“How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions,” the report is thought to say.

The paper found that even if humans immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases temperatures could rise by an additional 0.30 degrees Celsius (0.50 degrees Fahrenheit) within the next century.

The projected actual rise, says the report, will be as much as 2C.

Such an increase could result in longer heat waves, more intense rainstorms and the faster disintegration of coral reefs.

According to the report, it is “extremely likely” that more than half of the global average temperature rise since 1951 could be linked to humans. It also found that it was “possible to attribute some extreme weather to climate change.”

Extreme cold waves happen less often since the 1980s, while extreme heat waves are more common.

It cites the 2003 European heat wave and the record heat in Australia in 2013 as times where “relatively strong evidence” showed that man played a part in causing the temperature extremes.

“It’s a fraught situation,” Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geoscience and international affairs at Princeton University who was not involved in the study told the newspaper.

“This is the first case in which an analysis of climate change of this scope has come up in the Trump administration, and scientists will be watching very carefully to see how they handle it.”

Concern over the Trump administration’s response to the report mounted as it was revealed that US Department of Agriculture staff have now been told to avoid using the term climate change and substitute it with “weather extremes.”

Instead of “climate change adaption” employees have also been asked to use “resilience to weather extremes” and “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency” in place of the term “reduce greenhouse gases.”

The suggestions are revealed in emails obtained by the Guardian from Bianca Moebius-Clune, the US director of soil health.

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