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Camille Parmesan: 'Trump's extremism on climate change has brought people together'

31.12.2017
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The climate scientist on leaving the US to work in France - with funding from President Macron - and why she believes Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement will backfire on himCamille Parmesan, a biologist at the universities of Texas and Plymouth, is one of the world's most influential climate change scientists, having shown how butterflies and other species are affected by it across all continents. She is one of 18 US scientists moving to France to take up President Macron's invitation of refuge after Donald Trump's decision to cut science funding and withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris agreement.What has made you leave the US?The impact of Trump on climate science has been far greater than what the public believe it has. He has not only slashed funding, but he's gone on the attack in any way he can with his powers as the president. University researchers are buffered from this, but scientists working at government agencies have really felt the blow. They have been muffled and not allowed to speak freely with the press, they have had their reports altered to remove "climate change" from the text, and are being told to leave climate change out of future reports and funding proposals. This degrades the entire climate science community. Scientists are fighting back, but Congress needs to exercise its constitutional powers and keep the executive branch in check. This is not a partisan issue - this is about the future of America. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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