Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Report: US Officials Are Actively Censoring Press Statements on Climate Change

No surprise.

9 JUL 2019

A study published in March found the threat of rising seas in California has been vastly underestimated.

By century's end, researchers said, California will be looking at up to US$150 billion of property damage annually, with millions of people at risk along the coast – residents previously assumed to be safe from the dangers of surging, stormy seas.


In his investigation, Waldman says the USGS's sanitised spin on the findings of its own research was part of a years-long campaign by officials inside President Donald Trump's administration to censor references to climate change in federal agency communications.

"It's been made clear to us that we're not supposed to use climate change in press releases anymore," an anonymous federal researcher told Waldman.


"It's an insult to the science, of course, but it's also an insult to the people who need this information and whose livelihoods and in some cases their lives depend on this," climate change policy researcher Joel Clement from the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs told E&E News.

"What's shocking about it is that this has been taken to a new level, where information that is essential to economic and health and safety — essentially American well-being — is essentially being shelved and being hidden."

The full USGS-led findings on the projected coastal impacts of climate change in California are reported in Scientific Reports, and you can read Waldman's article in full here.

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