Donald Trump’s five most dangerous attacks on the environment

Trumps administration has pursued cuts in environmental protections that are critical to the health of all Americans Donald Trump is set to hail his administrations environmental leadership on Monday in a speech in which he is expected to declare the US a world leader on the issue. But since taking office two and a half years ago, the US president has been at the helm of an administration that has pursued numerous cuts in rise in greenhouse gases of 3.4% the biggest rise in emissions since 2010. He has also regularly publicly aired his doubts over the existence of climate change previously calling it a hoax, suggesting that the climate could change back again and falsely claiming it was a …

William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the chief climate change skeptic in Donald Trumps White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. William Happer, the former Princeton physicist now on Trumps National Security Council, was then in charge of energy research under George HW Bush. He asked experts at the Department of Energy to discuss their work with him and was displeased with the attitude he sensed from a climate researcher, according to a story recalled by two of his colleagues. They were not just defensive; they …

Loss of biodiversity is just as catastrophic as climate change | Robert Watson

Nature is being eroded at rates unprecedented in human history, says scientist Robert Watson A colleague recently described how fish would swim into her clothing when she was a child bathing in the ocean off the coast of Vietnam, but today the fish are gone and her children find the story far-fetched. Another recalled his experiences just last year in Cape Town one of the worlds most attractive tourism and leisure destinations when more than 2 million people faced the grim, sharp clarity over that time. We have entered an era of rapidly accelerating species extinction, and are facing the irreversible loss of plant and animal species, habitats and vital crops, while coming face to face with the horrific impacts …