Trump Accused Of Obstructing Satellite Research Into Climate Change

"Republican-controlled Congress ordered destruction of vital sea-ice probe".

"President Trump has been accused of deliberately obstructing research on global warming after it emerged that a critically important technique for investigating sea-ice cover at the poles faces being blocked.

The row has erupted after a key polar satellite broke down a few days ago, leaving the US with only three ageing ones, each operating long past their shelf lives, to measure the Arctic’s dwindling ice cap. Scientists say there is no chance a new one can now be launched until 2023 or later. None of the current satellites will still be in operation then.

The crisis has been worsened because the US Congress this year insisted that a backup sea-ice probe had to be dismantled because it did not want to provide funds to keep it in storage. Congress is currently under the control of Republicans, who are antagonistic to climate science and the study of global warming.

'This is like throwing away the medical records of a sick patient,' said David Gallaher of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. 'Our world is ailing and we have apparently decided to undermine, quite deliberately, the effectiveness of the records on which its recovery might be based. It is criminal.'"

Robin McKie reports for the Guardian November 5, 2017.


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Source: Guardian, 11/06/2017