Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program

first_img Despite all the warnings about climate change, a lot of data show that even among those that care, they don’t tend to talk about climate change all that often. And for those who are wondering what the point is if we’ve already passed the point of no return — harm reduction. Just because you’ve had two more shots than you should have, doesn’t mean you need to do another six. That said, the Trump administration is quietly shuttering some studies examining the effects of climate change. For years, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, has been collating all kinds of data about the planet’s carbon dioxide flows. But Trump has shuttered the program, Science reports.Just about every organization, including Trump’s own companies and the US military, agree that climate change is an imminent threat. Given the importance of NASA to the scientific community in general, this puts the entire scientific communities’ abilities to study and understand climate change in serious jeopardy.“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the [Paris Climate Agreement,” Kelly Sims Gallagher of Tufts University told Science. “The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA’s earth science budget, including the CMS, and cancellations of climate missions such as the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3). Although Congress fended off the budget and mission cuts, a spending deal signed in March made no mention of the CMS,” the piece reads. Because the US tends to require authorization of funding as well appropriations, by leaving the program out of the bill, the White House was able to nix it, according to Steve Cole, a NASA spokesperson. Last year, Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, making it, currently, the only nation on Earth that isn’t participating. Shuttering the CMS, though, is a massive doubling down, as it will effectively bar all other countries from the data they need to assess their emissions and understand how to effectively combat them. Thankfully, not all is lost. Europe has one carbon-monitoring satellite now, and more are coming. Still, it’s a serious dent in humanity’s collective ability to share and understand basic information about our planet. So yea, it sucks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img

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