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NASA Engineer Explains Why Trump’s Plan to Cut the Space Agency’s Climate Science Program Is Harder than It Sounds

February 28, 2017 Within weeks of the U.S. election, President Donald Trump said he intended to scrap NASA’s research on climate change, shifting those resources—less than $2 billion of the agency’s $19 billion budget—to its space program. Other Republicans have echoed that goal. Oklahoma state Sen. Jim Bridenstine, who is reportedly being considered...

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The Text of a New Bill Has Just One Line: 'To Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'

February 15, 2017 The text of a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives in early February to dramatically change the way the government regulates environmental issues was finally posted online for public viewing, and it gets right to the point. The statement of purpose for H. R. 861 is only one...

Guerrilla Archivists Developed an App to Save Science Data From the Trump Administration

February 9, 2017 On the first Saturday morning in February, scientists, programmers, professors and digital librarians met at New York University in New York City to save federal data sets they thought could be altered or disappear all together under the administration of US president Donald Trump. Around 150 people turned out for...

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The Trump Administration Reportedly Plans to Deny the Existence of Climate-Change Science

January 25, 2017 Publicly-funded science on climate change is about to disappear from its home on the internet, Reuters reports. The Trump administration reportedly plans to order the removal of the climate-change pages from the US Environmental Protection Agency website, one of the main sources of climate-change information to the public. The page,...

Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored it on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated

January 23, 2017 As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data. A spreadsheet detailed their targets: Webpages dedicated to the Energy Department’s...

Getting Rid of Obamacare Will Cripple the Department Keeping Bioterrorism and Outbreaks at Bay

January 17, 2017 It’s not just about doctor’s visits and medications. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a pot of money used to prevent bioterrorism attacks and prevent disease outbreaks may go down with it. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of Obamacare, allocates $890 million to the US Centers for...

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Repealing Obamacare Will Cripple the Department Keeping Bioterrorism and Outbreaks at Bay

January 17, 2017 It’s not just about doctor’s visits and medications. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a pot of money used to prevent bioterrorism attacks and prevent disease outbreaks may go down with it. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of Obamacare, allocates $890 million to the US Centers for...