Federal Climate Program Has Not Posted PDFs of Its Climate Report Because ‘It Takes Longer’

By Emily Ward | November 28, 2018 | 12:25pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) -- The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the fededal program that published the Fourth National Climate Assessment on Friday, had still not (as of the morning of November 28) put online a downloadable PDF of the full text of its report, or even PDFs of the full texts of each chapter in its report. The USGCRP said it had not put full-text PDF of its report online because it “takes longer.”

Currently, the USGCRP is providing options online to download a “Report in Brief” as well as short summaries of each chapter of the report. But it has not posted a PDF of the full report, or PDFs of the full chapters. Thus, the only way to read the full report is to read it online--on a series of computer screens.

When CNSNews.com asked why the PDFs of the full texts were not online, a representative of USGCRP said the organization planned to post them “very soon.”

“We will provide an option to download the pdf of each chapter as well as the full report,” the representative wrote. “It takes longer to finalize the layout of those components and post them online, but we anticipate making them available very soon.”

(Screenshot of online Fourth National Climate Assessment.)

While the full report is available online, it appears in a format that is not conducive for close studying. For example, readers cannot use the familiar “Ctrl+f” keyboard function to quickly search for words and phrases. Instead, readers must scroll through lengthy chunks of text and click back and forth from page to page, which is more time-consuming.

Also a reader cannot notate what they are reading as they could if it were on a printed page.

A PDF format would make the report much easier to study on a computer, as well as to print and read in hard copy.

The report, which was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act, “assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.”

According to the USGCRP, “a team of more than 300 federal and non-federal experts – including individuals from federal, state, and local governments, tribes and Indigenous communities, national laboratories, universities, and the private sector” worked on the report.

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