"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly and abruptly canceled a major climate change summit scheduled for next month shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, according to emails sent to those scheduled to speak and obtained by E&E News. The Climate and Health Summit was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, where the CDC is headquartered, in February. Agency leaders did not directly address why the summit was canceled and instead forwarded an email sent to participants indicating it may be rescheduled. "We are currently exploring options so that the Summit may take place later in the year," CDC officials wrote."
"Asked about concerns that the next administration could violate principles of scientific integrity at the federal agencies, or even delete federal climate change datasets, McNutt replied: "There are protections in place through government data integrity and scientific integrity acts that would, if [these data suddenly disappeared,] would say, 'Hold it. That is not allowed. This data has to come back online.' ... It would take, in my view, an incredible coordinated move to delete all copies of...climate data. On the other hand, I don't see any reason why, if people want to copy this data and back it up one more time, that it's something they shouldn't do."
"In the science community there have been alarm bells, reports that the president has already launched a war on science," says Tobin Smith, vice-president for policy at the Association for American Universities in Washington DC. "I think it's way too premature to draw that conclusion."
"Many of the programmers who showed up at UCLA for the event had day jobs as IT consultants or data managers at startups; others were undergrad computer science majors. The scientists in attendance, including ecologists, lab managers, and oceanographers, came from universities all over Southern California. A motley crew of data enthusiasts who assemble for projects like this is becoming something of a trend at universities across the country: Volunteer "data rescue" events in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Michigan over the last few weeks have managed to scrape hundreds of thousands of pages off of EPA.gov, NASA.gov, DOE.gov, and whitehouse.gov, uploading them to the Internet Archive. Another is planned for early February at New York University."