Earth Science: August 2017 Archives

Researchers Advised to Remove Climate Change Language, The Scientist

"The US Department of Energy (DOE) is asking scientists to reword their grant proposals so as to avoid mentions of "climate change" or "global warming," researchers say. The move came to light when Jennifer Bowen, an ecologist at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, posted part of an email from a DOE official on Friday (August 25), prompting a backlash from members of the scientific community over perceived interference from President Trump's administration in climate research. "I found it to be a stark reminder of the ongoing politicization of science," Bowen writes in an email to The Washington Post. "I firmly believe that scientists should have the intellectual freedom to tackle the most pressing issues of the day, regardless of the political landscape."

NIH unit deletes references to climate 'change', Washington Post

"A unit of the National Institutes of Health has removed references to climate "change" from its website, deletions that one environmental group criticizes as "cleansing" but an NIH official describes as minor. The revisions occurred on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences site. A headline that read "Climate Change and Human Health," for example, was altered to "Climate and Human Health." A menu title that read "Climate Change and Children's Health" in June now appears as "Climate and Children's Health." Links to a fact sheet on "Climate Change and Human Health" also were removed. "The cleansing continues," said David Doniger, director of the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "But they're not going to be able to erase the science, or the truth, by scrubbing websites." The changes were revealed in a report by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a group of nonprofits and academics who monitor what they call "potential threats" to federal policy and scientific research on energy and the environment."

- Trump Eliminates National Climate Assessment Panel, earlier post
- Will Saying "Climate Change" Be Banned At All Government Agencies Or Just Some Of Them?, earlier post
- #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain, earlier post
- NASA Websites Contradict Claims Made By Trump, earlier post
- Trump Is Not Listening To NASA or NOAA on Earth Science. Get Used To It., earlier post

The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change, Washington Post

"The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government's climate analysis into long-term planning. ... Administration officials are currently reviewing a scientific report that is key to the final document. Known as the Climate Science Special Report, it was produced by scientists from 13 different federal agencies and estimates that human activities were responsible for an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit from 1951 to 2010."

- Third draft of the Climate Science Special Report (NOAA and NASA are the lead authors).
- Will Saying "Climate Change" Be Banned At All Government Agencies Or Just Some Of Them?

US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal, Guardian

"Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference "weather extremes" instead. A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers' land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change."

White House reviewing new report that finds strong link between climate change, human activity, Washington Post

"A climate report based on work conducted by scientists in 13 federal agencies is under active review at the White House, and its conclusions about the far-reaching damage already occurring from global warming are at odds with the Trump administration's views. The report, known as the Climate Science Special Report, finds it is "extremely likely" that more than half of the rise in temperatures over the past four decades has been caused by human activity -- in contrast to Trump Cabinet members' views that the magnitude of that contribution is uncertain. The draft report, which has undergone extensive review, estimates that human impact was responsible for an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit from 1951 to 2010."

Draft report (NOAA and NASA are the lead authors).

Rep. Smith Statement on Climate Report

"The alarmist climate media is at it again. In its latest reporting of a so-called leaked climate assessment the New York Times relies on exaggerated statements and false allegations of cover-ups in order to push an agenda."

Ranking Members Johnson, Bonamici, and Beyer Respond to Draft Climate Science Report

"I was disappointed to hear President Trump formally noticing his intent to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. As more evidence mounts that manmade climate change is a threat to our nation, it is the height of shortsightedness to surrender leadership on addressing this global challenge."

Keith's note: If USDA staff are ordered to do this, then you have to wonder when NASA and NOAA, other government agencies that study climate change on our planet, will start to do the same. Or ... will one agency have this editorial direction while others do not?


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