Tag Archives: NOAA

Ross Faces Calls To Resign Over Threat Against NOAA

Reuters reports: The news that a cabinet member in the Trump administration had threatened to fire politically-appointed staff at the agency in order to force the NOAA to contradict the advice of its own scientists prompted immediate condemnation. The head of the environmental group the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, called on Ross to resign to “maintain the dignity of the …

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REPORT: Sec. Wilbur Ross Threatened To Fire Top NOAA Staffers For Contradicting Glorious Leader On Dorian

The New York Times reports: The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion. That threat led to an unusual, unsigned statement later that Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing …

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NOAA Chief Investigates Statement Backing Trump

The Washington Post reports: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acting chief scientist said in an email to colleagues Sunday that he is investigating whether the agency’s response to President Trump’s Hurricane Dorian tweets constituted a violation of NOAA policies and ethics. In an email to NOAA staff that was obtained by The Washington Post, the official, Craig McLean, called …

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Weather Scientists In Uproar Over NOAA Statement

The Washington Post reports: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s decision to back President Trump instead of its own scientists on the question of whether Alabama was at significant risk from Hurricane Dorian has led to widespread outrage in the broader weather community. Weather forecasters inside and outside the government and former leaders of NOAA and the National Weather Service …

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Trump Pressures NOAA Into Disavowing Dorian Report

Mediaite reports: NOAA has released a statement essentially disavowing the National Weather Service in Birmingham’s tweet that contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Dorian would hit Alabama. “The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time,” the statement reads. Soon after the unsigned …

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NOAA/NASA: 2018 Was Fourth Hottest Year On Record

A joint report from NOAA and NASA: Earth’s long-term warming trend continued in 2018 as persistent warmth across large swaths of land and ocean resulted in the globe’s fourth hottest year in NOAA’s 139-year climate record. The year ranks just behind 2016 (warmest), 2015 (second warmest) and 2017 (third warmest). In separate analyses of global temperatures, scientists from NASA, the …

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Rapid Magnetic Pole Shift Perplexes Scientists

Nature Magazine reports: Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move. On 15 January, they are …

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NOAA: 2016 Was Planet’s Hottest Year On Record

Politico reports: Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, according to an international climate report issued Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that documents other record-breaking global warming trends of 2016. The report is the most comprehensive assessment of the effects of climate change released by the Trump administration, and it could make it easier to refute efforts …

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NOAA: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record High

Stand by for EPA head Scott Pruitt to denounce this as fake news: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels hit a new high last year and have only continued to climb in the first two months of 2017, federal scientists reported Friday. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at a U.S. observatory in Hawaii rose by 3 parts per million …

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White House Proposes Deep Cuts To Climate Research

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post. The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also eliminate funding for …

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NOAA: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

The Washington Post reports: In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014. Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were …

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