Trump will leave climate change info on EPA website for now

January 26, 2017 by  
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So far, Donald Trump’s ban on EPA employees speaking to the media is off to a rocky start – two of the agency’s staffers have already anonymously spoken to Reuters news agency this week to sound the alarm about the incoming President’s continuing efforts to suppress climate science. According to these EPA employees, the agency’s communications team was instructed to remove their website’s climate change page , which included data on emissions and links to global warming research. However, as soon as the news began to spread across the web, the Trump administration appeared to soften its stance . Now, rather than a purge of climate data, administration officials are framing the order as an “editorial review” of the site’s content. Doug Ericksen, the spokesman for Trump’s team in charge of the agency, told The Hill that the administration doesn’t intend to take down online climate data, and is merely “scrubbing it up a bit, putting a little freshener on it, and getting it back up to the public.” Exactly what that means and what kind of slant the administration wants to put on the data is unclear. Given Trump’s current efforts to clamp down on the EPA’s ability to communicate about government research, it’s easy to see how some might not find this explanation especially reassuring. In a separate interview with NPR , Ericksen told the outlet that EPA scientists will have their work reviewed on a “case by case” basis before any of it can be shared with the public. Related: Scientists are preparing to march on Washington Reportedly, EPA employees have been working around the clock to download everything on the agency’s website and preserve everything on physical media, just in case Trump follows through on his threats to completely wipe the data from the web. There have also been a number of independent efforts since the election to download and mirror as much federal research data as possible, to protect it from disappearing under Trump’s orders. This isn’t the administration’s first attempt to backpedal and explain away suspicious-looking orders. Back in December, Trump’s transition team sent a questionnaire to Energy Department officials, asking them to name employees and contractors who had been involved in discussions on climate change. Related: Trump bans EPA and USDA scientists from communicating with the public After Department leaders refused to name anyone, the Trump team disavowed the request , saying it was “not authorized.” Given the sheer number of attempts to suppress government employees who might speak to the public about climate change, it’s hard to imagine any of these news reports are actually innocent slip-ups or misunderstandings. If the EPA is forced to alter its website or take down climate change information completely, it won’t be the first government website to do so. On inauguration day, the official White House website was scrubbed of all climate change information within minutes of Trump taking office. Via The Washington Post Images via Pixabay , EPA.gov (screenshot)

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Trump may ban the Environmental Protection Agency from funding scientific research

January 24, 2017 by  
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A troubling new report from Axios states that Donald Trump may soon ban the Environmental Protection Agency from funding scientific research. Reporters Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen described the Trump transition team’s action plan for the agency, which they were able to catch a glimpse of while covering the incoming administration. While they didn’t republish the complete document, the summary they’ve provided is terrifying enough. The excerpt the reporters published claims that the agency is manipulating the research it uses to further a political agenda – presumably, a reference to evidence-based policy addressing climate change . The quote in full reads: “EPA does not use science to guide regulatory policy as much as it uses regulatory policy to steer the science. This is an old problem at EPA. In 1992, a blue-ribbon panel of EPA science advisers that [sic] ‘science should not be adjusted to fit policy.’ But rather than heed this advice, EPA has greatly increased its science manipulation.” Related: The White House website has already been scrubbed of any mention of climate change While it’s unknown exactly who authored the document, the contents are not terribly surprising given that Trump’s transition team was headed by Myron Ebell, one of many career climate deniers on the incoming President’s team. It’s important to note that while this new attitude toward the EPA certainly puts much of the country’s climate and clean air policy at risk, environmentalists can at least take comfort in the fact that Congressional support would be needed to overturn many of the agency’s rules. It’s also likely that staff within the agency itself will oppose Trump’s anti-environmental agenda . Those two facts give concerned citizens room to fight for strong anti-pollution standards as the new administration takes office. Via Business Insider Images via Photos via EPA 1 , 2 , 3 and Gage Skidmore

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New net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltec generates all its own energy

January 24, 2017 by  
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In these uncertain times of erratic weather and changing climate patterns, net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. If you can generate all of your own energy on site, you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills. The North Carolina prefab builders at Deltec launched a line of affordable net-zero energy homes last year to great fanfare from off-grid buffs around the U.S. Now we’re thrilled to see them introduce a brand new design to this collection; a charming, classically-styled Solar Farmhouse with all of the old-fashioned curb appeal, plus the futuristic technology that makes this home achieve net-zero energy.

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Trump wants NASA to stop researching climate change to build a permanent base on the Moon

November 23, 2016 by  
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President-elect and ardent climate denier Donald Trump may be back pedaling a bit on his anti-climate stance, but the softening of his position doesn’t mean he’s backing off. Trump’s senior adviser on issues relating to NASA says the president-elect will make efforts to eliminate “politicized science” by axing the space agency’s climate research . NASA is currently one of the leading sources for data on the impact of climate change around the globe, including satellite-acquired information on air and water temperatures, ice loss and sea level rise, and other symptoms that give scientists a better understanding of what is happening to the Earth. NASA’s Earth science division operates the agency’s climate change research, based largely on data collected by its enormous network of satellites. Previous budget decisions resulted in plans to grow that spending to $2 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, the agency’s budget for space exploration has been reduced to $2.8 billion next year. As space exploration spending is reeled in, climate research has been allowed to grow, and NASA has been able to provide more accurate and updated information about our planet’s health than ever before. This is not an accomplishment Trump is interested in celebrating. Related: Trump admits humans have “some connectivity” to climate change Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, told the Guardian NASA’s climate change research – which he described as “politically correct environmental monitoring” – is no longer necessary. He suggested Trump will attempt to slash, if not eliminate, NASA’s Earth science funding and instead boost the budget for space exploration. Although Trump himself has been fairly tight-lipped about his plans for NASA, he has recently suggested that he would like to “revive American lunar exploration” and he may even support building a base on the moon to house as many as 13,000 Earthlings, which is a plan so wild that even the space-loving entrepreneur Elon Musk doesn’t think it’s worth considering. Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia and John Sonntag/NASA

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Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago

November 7, 2013 by  
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  Image © Shutterstock Swiss scientists from the University of Bern are hoping that a 3 km long cross-section of Antarctic ice could reveal new information about climate change throughout the Earth’s history. Over the ages, built-up snow and air have been compressed into thick layers of ice that serve as a permanent record of global temperatures and the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Researchers believe that a new expedition would be able to extract ice cores dating back 1.5 million years, almost twice as far back as the current oldest samples, which extend 800,000 years. Read the rest of Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient Earth climate , Antarctic expedition , antarctica , Climate Change , climate research , Earth climate cycles , global temperatures , greenhouse gases , Ice Age , ice core , million year old ice        

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