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Long Budget Process Could Impact Climate Science

Long Budget Process Could Impact Climate Science

President Trump’s long-awaited budget request for the 2018 fiscal year is expected to be released Tuesday and it is likely to include steep cuts to agencies and programs that deal with climate science. The cuts, sketched out in the administration’s budget outline in March, are part of an effort to reduce non-defense spending in order to beef up the… Read More

U.S. Drought at Lowest Level in Nearly Two Decades

U.S. Drought at Lowest Level in Nearly Two Decades

After years of intense, record-setting drought across the U.S., particularly in the Great Plains and California, the country is now experiencing its lowest level of drought in the 17 years since the U.S. Drought Monitor began its weekly updates. Less than 5 percent of the U.S. was in some stage of drought as of May 4, the most recent update… Read More

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895. Several states in the mid-Atlantic had their hottest April on record and a few Southeastern states were near-record warm, according… Read More

The EPA’s Obama-Era Snapshot Is Missing Information

The EPA’s Obama-Era Snapshot Is Missing Information

Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change pages were shuttered for revisions. A week later, they’re still not back. In their place is a page explaining that they’re being updated to “reflect EPA's priorities” under President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and that users can check out a snapshot of the entire EPA … Read More

Trump Orders Review of Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

Trump Orders Review of Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

President Trump on Friday called for the review of a five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that the Obama administration put in place to keep large swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic off-limits to fossil fuel development. Trump signed an executive order calling for the review during a ceremony at the White House. It comes just before the… Read More

The Next March Is All About Climate Change

The Next March Is All About Climate Change

For the second weekend in a row, Washington, D.C. will be home to people clamoring for policies based on science. But unlike the March for Science, this weekend’s People’s Climate March will be overtly political and put a sharp focus on climate change and justice. The march builds on a 2014 landmark event that drew hundreds of thousands to the … Read More

Climate Change Was the Epicenter of March for Science

Climate Change Was the Epicenter of March for Science

The roar of the crowd of thousands of scientists and supporters rippled up and down Constitution Avenue like a wave on Saturday. It found two fitting sounding boards on either side of the street. On one side, the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research program. It’s a literal institution in the science community, with its research cut … Read More

The Energy Dept. Website Shifts Focus to the Economy

The Energy Dept. Website Shifts Focus to the Economy

The Trump administration is cutting down on greenhouse gases . . . on its websites, that is. The Department of Energy’s pages on bioenergy and wind energy as well as transportation have both reduced their mentions of greenhouse gas emissions and reducing fossil fuel use in favor of language more geared toward jobs and energy independence. They’re … Read More

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Greenland Total Ice Loss 2004-07 Greenland has been losing large amounts of ice into the sea – enough to collect into rafts the size of states.

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