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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.
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, created a bit of controversy during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she called climate change itself “controversial.”
Why This Matters: Judge Barrett many questions with the same refrain — she refused to discuss her “policy” views on questions as obvious as do “poll watchers” who are armed intimidate voters, whether birth control should be decriminalized, or if same-sex marriage should be allowed.
This week we salute Betty Reid Soskin, who at 99 is the nation’s oldest park ranger. She works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, and has since her mid-80s. She began her involvement while the park was still being planned. Betty is Black and worked […]
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