British climate scientists raise concerns over Trump presidency

British climate scientists raise concerns over Trump presidency

British climate scientists have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to acknowledge risks being posed by climate change and support international efforts to tackle global warming.

In a letter written to Mrs. May on Monday, a group of 100 climate scientists said there were real threats to Britain’s interests from Mr. Trump’s victory in November.

It may be noted here that Mr. Trump is one of the most vocal skeptics of manmade global warming and the resultant climate change. During his election campaign last year, he repeatedly called the idea of manmade global warming a “hoax” created by the Chinese government.

Many department chief nominees in Trump’s upcoming administration, such as the chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, have also dismissed evidence of the risks from climate change.

In the letter, the scientists wrote, “In doing so, the President-elect and his nominated appointees are disregarding the findings and advice of the leading expert bodies around the world … We believe that the United Kingdom must be prepared to respond decisively to these developments.”

Britain is one of the United States’ closest allies, and P.M. May is scheduled to meet the President-elect in Washington in the spring. Scientists want Mrs. May to use the nation’s so-called ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. to press Trump to continue to support the Paris Agreement as well as ongoing climate change research.

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