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Trump Is 'Silencing Civil Servants, Stifling Science'

'Whistleblower' scientist says he was forced out of Interior Dept. role into 'ill-fitting' job

(Newser) - Joel Clement wants you to know he's not a member of the "deep state," or a representative of Big Government. Instead, call him "a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant … a worried citizen"—and now, per his opinion piece Wednesday in the Washington ... More »

Scientists Think Flying Is Poised to Become a Pain

Up to a third of flights will be affected on hot days in coming decades, says study

(Newser) - Remember in June when it got too hot for planes to take off in Phoenix? A new study suggests stories like that will become quite common in the not-too-distant future. Via Reuters , the study published in Climatic Change estimates that rising temperatures could leave up to one-third of planes grounded... More »

As Sea Ice Dwindles, Polar Bear Attacks Rise

20% of polar bear attacks happened in last 5 years of 144-year study

(Newser) - There were only 73 reported polar bear attacks on humans between 1870 and 2014, according to a study published this month in Wildlife Society Bulletin . But 20% of those attacks happened in just the last five years of the study, and Alaska Dispatch News reports researchers have found a correlation... More »

This Is One of the Bleakest Climate Stories You'll Read

Writer warns that no matter how worried you are, it's probably not enough

(Newser) - New York is out with an assessment of climate change, and the piece by David Wallace-Wells is drawing attention for its blunt language. Witness the very first line: "It is, I promise, worse than you think." Wallace-Wells begins by noting that most people, assuming they believe that... More »

G20 Leaders Shut Trump Out on Climate Change

Other world leaders continue to back Paris climate accord

(Newser) - World powers lined up against US President Donald Trump on climate change Saturday, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming. The final statement of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, underlined that the other countries and the European Union supported the Paris climate agreement rejected... More »

Hawaii Passes Law Committing to Paris Agreement

It's the 1st state in the US to do so

(Newser) - States are continuing to fight back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with Hawaii becoming the first state to pass a law adopting the goals of the accord. NPR reports the bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige. He was joined by mayors... More »

Top US Diplomat in China Quits Over Trump Policy

He refuses to implement climate withdrawal

(Newser) - America's top diplomat in China has stepped down because he refuses to implement President Trump's policies. David Rank, a career diplomat with 27 years in the foreign service, had been acting ambassador in Beijing since January 2016 and chose to depart even though his replacement, former Iowa Gov.... More »

Gore Accuses Trump of Being 'Divisive' With London Tweets

Trump criticized and misquoted London mayor in tweet

(Newser) - Al Gore appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday to take President Trump to task for criticizing and misquoting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet while the latter attempts to deal with the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack. “I don’t think that a major... More »

France Helpfully Edits White House Video on Paris Accord

And Macron continues to tweak Trump over his decision to pull out

(Newser) - Since President Trump announced Thursday he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement, France has been relentlessly dragging the White House. CNN reports the dragging now includes the French government tweeting a remixed version of a White House video on the agreement Friday. The new version of... More »

Bloomberg to Give $15M for US' Share of Paris Agreement

'We're going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed'

(Newser) - "Americans are not walking away from the Paris climate agreement," Fortune quotes Michael Bloomberg as saying. On Friday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced it would commit $15 million to "support the operations" of the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change, which coordinates the Paris climate agreement, CNN reports.... More »

Leaving Paris Climate Accord Will Save US Economy. Or Kill It

Opposing views from the 'Wall Street Journal' and 'New York Times'

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal and New York Times issued dueling editorials following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement—one pro and one con, but both using the economy to make their points. After accusing the agreement of being toothless and ineffective, the Journal argues the... More »

Trump Gives Gore's Film a New Ending

Withdrawal from Paris accord will be added to An Inconvenient Sequel

(Newser) - Al Gore's latest climate change documentary hits theaters next month, but filmmakers have some new editing to do. That's because the final cut of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will include President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, reports the Wrap . Mike Allen... More »

Lawmaker: God Will Look After the Climate

Republican says he has confidence in higher power

(Newser) - President Trump has announced America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord —and US Rep. Tim Walberg probably isn't losing any sleep over it. The conservative Republican, who represents a district in southern Michigan, says he isn't worried about climate change because if it is happening, a... More »

Trump Pulled Out of Paris Agreement. Here's What's Next

Other countries may "galvanize" around fighting climate change

(Newser) - On Thursday, President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement , joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not on board with the international accord. The New York Times looks at what happens next with the agreement and climate change. First, the formal withdrawal process takes four years, ending the... More »

Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

'We're getting out'

(Newser) - President Trump announced Thursday that the US will immediately cease "all implementation" of Paris climate change accord standards, the AP reports. "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but [begin] negotiations to... More »

Here Are 4 Possibilities for Trump's Paris Decision

President to announce whether the US will remain in climate pact

(Newser) - President Trump is expected to tell the world at 3pm Eastern whether the US will remain in the Paris climate accord or become just the third nation to reject it. A slew of reports on Wednesday suggested that Trump is poised to have the US withdraw , though most accounts hedge... More »

Elon Musk Issues Warning to Trump on Paris Climate Deal

He'll quit as Trump's adviser if Trump pulls out

(Newser) - Amid reports that President Trump is about to ditch the Paris climate accord, Elon Musk offered a warning to the POTUS: He'll quit Trump's advisory councils if Trump withdraws from the Paris deal. "Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I... More »

Reports: Trump Will Ditch Paris Climate Deal

But no official announcement yet as details get worked out

(Newser) - It looks like the US is poised to ditch the Paris climate accord, though there seems to be much up in the air about the particulars. Axios , for example, reports that President Trump has decided to withdraw, but adds that his team has yet to work out "whether to... More »

US Doesn't Back Paris Climate Agreement at G7 Summit

Trump tweets that he'll make a decision next week

(Newser) - On Saturday, the final day of its summit, the countries of the G7 reaffirmed their strong commitment to the Paris climate agreement. That is, of course, except for the US. "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" President Trump tweeted Saturday morning. ABC... More »

American Trees Are Moving West, Flummoxing Experts

Trees in eastern forests are moving west by about 9.5 miles per decade

(Newser) - Go west, young tree! A study published Wednesday in Science Advances finds the trees of eastern American forests are on the move—and none too slowly, either. The study looked at 86 tree species between 1980 and 2015, Smithsonian reports. Over those 35 years, 73% of the trees saw their... More »

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