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Trump administration reportedly forbids DoE from using ‘climate phrases’

Trump administration reportedly forbids DoE from using ‘climate phrases’

The Trump administration has reportedly instructed staff in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Climate & Clean Energy not to use the phrases like “climate change” and “emissions reductions” in briefings or any written communication.

President Trump has long been a skeptic of global warming and climate change; and his administration is now trying to remove climate change from the language of the government agencies.

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.”

Southern California beaches could suffer unprecedented erosion: Study

Southern California beaches to suffer unprecedented erosion

California is one of the places where many beaches would likely completely erode by 2100 as global warming continues to push sea levels up, a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has warned.

According to the USGS, California could find anywhere between a third to two-thirds of its beaches in the southern part completely eroded by the end of this century.

Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Lights were turned off in 170 countries across the world to mark Earth Hour in order to draw attention to climate change. Millions of people across thousands of cities marked the day with enthusiasm while some were commenting on impact of such events during times of climate change denial. The international event that started as a grass-roots effort has found support from many government organizations across the world.

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

The calls to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s main phone line reached such a high volume by Friday this week that officials were forced to create an impromptu call center, three agency employees revealed.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the three EPA employees revealed that the impromptu call center was created after calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, hit an unprecedented high volume. Interns were ordered to answer some of the incoming calls, while some calls went to voice mail.

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San Diego-Los Angeles fault could cause 7.4-magnitude quake: Study

San Diego-Los Angeles fault could cause 7.4-magnitude quake: scientists warn

Scientists have identified a new fault system spanning from San Diego to Los Angeles that can cause an earthquake of up to 7.4-magnitude, according to a newly-published study.

A team of scientists from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography re-characterized the Newport-Inglewood Fault and Rose Canyon Fault, saying the two faults represent a single system.

The massive fault system, which was previously considered as two separate faults, runs from San Diego Bay to Seal Beach, Orange County, and finally moves on the shore to the Los Angeles Basin.

Study Blames Humans for 85 Percent of Wildfires in the United States

Study Blames Humans for 85 Percent of Wildfires in the United States

Wildfires across the United States lead to massive destruction, loss to environment, cost for nearby communities and expenses for emergency services. A new study has claimed that nearly 84 percent of all the wildfires in the United States during the last two decades have been caused due to human carelessness or arson. Under drier and warmer conditions, the risk of wildfires has increased and people should be extra careful to save our environment and forest cover.

Colorado River Could Witness 50% Decline in Water Resource by year 2100: Research

Colorado River Could Witness 50% Decline in Water Resource by year 2100: Research

Colorado river is facing a rapid decline in its water sources and this could lead to 50 million acre-feet decline in its water level by year 2050. The research conducted by a team from Colorado State University and University of Arizona has predicted over 50 percent decline in water level by the end of this century. This decline in water would cause water scarcity in seven states in the American Southwest. The research team informed that it could impact nearly 41 million Americans.

Arctic Facing Increased Ice Melting due to High Temperature

Arctic Facing Increased Ice Melting due to High Temperature

The average temperature in the Arctic region in the recent times has led to melting of ice in the region at a much higher level. The level noticed in January this year, has not been recorded at this level in decades. The current heat wave has alarmed scientists tracking the region. Past records for temperature have been broken and the heat waves noticed in the recent months suggest much smaller ice cover in the region.

Daily Mail report justified probe into climate study: GOP Chair

Daily Mail report justified probe into climate study: GOP chair says

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Science Committee, has hailed the controversial report in which a British newspaper claimed that U.S. climate scientists exaggerated data to “dupe” world leaders into accepting the Paris Climate Agreement.

The report published by the Daily Mail cited a former NOAA researcher outlining concerns that data used in a major 2015 climate change study was exaggerated. Dr. John Bates reportedly told the Daily Mail that the study’s lead author was rushed out so that it could have an impact on international climate negotiations.

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