President Trump’s order could hurt efforts to fight global warming

Trump’s order could hurt efforts to fight global warming

In wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that aims to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming, scientists are worried that it could hurt research in the filed.

Scientists at the nation’s top climate research agencies and organizations, such as the Western Regional Center for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, called the executive order “a tragedy.”

Jamie Morison, an oceanographer with the University of Washington’s APL, said, “I think it would be a tragedy, really, to cut back on the research. We’re really starting to get a better handle on what's going on, and the changes are not slowing down.”

Morison is particularly concerned over declining winter ice covering the Arctic region. Parts of the Arctic Ocean above Norway that should be frozen are now showing open water, and scientists are blaming global warming for the issue.

Trump’s recent executive order has surfaced as the prestigious National Academy of Sciences is calling for more research on climate change as well as geoengineering.