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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the federal agency that helps us understand climate science. It’s satellites, models, outlooks, and teams of scientists are what help us make sense of the world around us and also prepare for storms and the effects of climate change.
Why This Matters:As E&E News explained, these shakeups at NOAA “symbolize a coordinated effort to reshape NOAA’s senior leadership in the dusk of President Trump’s first term. Until now, the agency has remained relatively unscathed by the president’s embrace of conspiracy theories about climate change.” This is a move to instate climate deniers into the ranks of NOAA as career scientists, where they can maximize their damage to the agency.
The Stakes: We’ve seen after a summer of wildfires, hurricanes, and a devastating derecho, we’re entirely unprepared for the escalating effects of climate change.
And we’re seeing new types of weather that we don’t yet understand, like “zombie storms” that suddenly pick up speed and destructive power after seemingly losing energy.
As it related to wildfires, we need more robust technology to help predict where fires might erupt. Just as we have a National Weather Service, we need a National Climate Service to better forecast and prepare the American people for climate disasters. However, if climate deniers are allowed to become career scientists at NOAA, it will hamper the ability of the agency to best serve the public.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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