The New York Times broke a story today highlighting a major US government study on climate change, which was leaked to the paper because of widespread fear that the Trump administration would either alter the findings or dismiss the study altogether due to its bombshell findings that contradict the administration's claims about climate change.
Despite overwhelming evidence from the scientific community to the contrary, President Trump has previously called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese government, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, has indicated the administration does not believe human activity contributes to climate change.
Here's everything you need to know about the leaked study:
The leaked draft of the study, later corroborated by the Washington Post, was created by scientists representing 13 federal agencies and comes from a section of a larger, congressionally mandated study called the National Climate Assessment. The study confirms that Americans are feeling the damning effects of climate change right now that could precede gradual catastrophic global warming changes over the coming decades.