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Former Climate Science Panel Disbanded by Trump to Continue Work at Columbia University

Their important work will continue.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Last year, the Trump administration disbanded a federal climate change advisory committee. President Donald Trump makes no attempt to hide his disbelief in the science of climate change. A report from June had him Tweeting about it 115 times.

Despite disbelief at the highest levels of the current US government, the scientists on the panel remain undeterred. Their research continues elsewhere.

Columbia University’s Earth Institute hired one of the committee’s researchers, Richard Moss of the University of Maryland. Moss plans to reconvene most of the former panel members and produce the same report.

The shadow panel marks just the latest example of how President Donald Trump’s disbelief in the science of climate change pushes scientists and government agencies into internal exile.


The panel will produce the report, an addendum to the quadrennial National Climate Assessment, that focuses on local impacts of a warming world. The panel expects to receive some financial assistance from New York State and administrative support from the American Meteorological Society. The report will be available for public and peer review in June.

New York State said in a statement it wants the committee to “continue its critical work without political interference and provide the guidance needed to adapt to a changing climate.”

Meanwhile, other groups unaffiliated with the federal government took on climate science research dropped by the Trump administration.

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