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Trump CIA Pick Evades Climate Change Questions

Trump CIA Pick Evades Climate Change Questions

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), President-elect Trump’s pick to head the CIA, appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, during which he refused to answer whether he accepts the overwhelming evidence that climate change is occurring, let alone that it represents a threat to global stability. His response — or lack thereof — stands… Read More

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise. One potential flashpoint for a number of nominees is… Read More

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year. The announcement comes a week before the National… Read More

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

2016 will be remembered for many things. One of them will be heat. It was the hottest year on record globally. While the world is still waiting for confirmation of just how high the record was, there’s a lot of data to digest from the U.S. Nearly every square inch of the country was dramatically warmer than normal. The blistering pace of record … Read More

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year

In a divisive year, there’s been one tie that has bound most of the U.S. together. We all live in the United States of Warming (USW! USW! USW!). The country is going to have its second-hottest year on record in all likelihood, trailing only 2012. Every state is slated to have a top 10 warmest year and even at the city level, unrelenting warmth has … Read More

Scientists are Saving Climate Data; This Is Why it Matters

Scientists are Saving Climate Data; This Is Why it Matters

In recent days, efforts have sprung up to archive climate data on federal sites. They’ve been spurred by fears that the Trump administration could take a hostile stance toward climate science and that budget cuts could make data less accessible. While the administration hasn’t said it’s going to erase or curtail access to climate data, appointment… Read More

Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday officially tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to run the State Department. The news follows days of speculation about Tillerson, and consternation among some senators over his ties to Russia and his lack of previous government experience. His appointment raises concerns over how the U.S. will approach … Read More

A Climate Denialist Is Leading the NASA Transition

A Climate Denialist Is Leading the NASA Transition

Scientists and policy watchers have been sounding the alarm bell that NASA’s climate work could be in jeopardy ever since Donald Trump’s election last month. That’s due in large part to some of his advisors saying the agency should be focused on space exploration and not wasting money observing the earth. But the alarm started ringing louder last … Read More

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