On Jan. 24, a few days after Trump took office, Jimmy Bramblett, deputy chief for programs at the NRCS, wrote an email to senior employees citing the stark difference between the current administration and President Barack Obama's.
According to The Guardian's report, Bianca Moebius-Clune - the Natural Resource Conservation's director of soil health - the modeling of rising temperatures won't change, simply the wording.
On Monday, The Guardian reported that they'd obtained emails that had explicit instructions from USDA officials to NRCS staffers to use language like "weather extremes" instead of "climate change". Instead of "climate change adaption", staff are asked to use "resilience to weather extremes". The 65 emails included in the report, which range in dates from January to July, suggest the following swaps: "resilience to weather extremes/intense weather events: drought, heavy rain, spring ponding" instead of "climate change adaptation"; "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency" instead of "reduce greenhouse gases"; and "build soil organic matter" instead of "sequester carbon". She also wrote that she thought references to economic growth, new business opportunities, and agro-tourism were positive developments that staff should appreciate or at least tolerate.
She added that a colleague from USDA's public affairs unit gave advice to "tamp down on discretionary messaging right now".
Google fires worker who sent incendiary diversity memo
Damore's email has become radioactive for Google , with many within the company also calling for repercussions. Women fill only 25% of leadership roles and 20% of technical jobs such as computer programmers.
Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of US Navy jet
The jet had to maneuver to avoid collision with the QOM-1, coming just 200 feet laterally and 100 feet vertically of each other. Tuesday's drone incident was the 13th unsafe or unprofessional maritime encounter with Iran of 2017, the newspaper reported .
Samsung's heir, set to spend 12 years behind bars
Lee became emotional Monday as he denied ever trying to seek political favors in his final remarks in the four-month-long trial. Lee Jae-Yong was the "last beneficiary" of the crimes committed during the scandal, the prosecutor has stated.
The news report suggested these were political moves to fall in line with the newly installed Trump administration.
The Center for Biological Diversity is now suing several government agencies, including the EPA and State Department, to force them to release information on the "censoring" of climate change verbiage.
Basically, any reference to climate change or Carbon dioxide is a no-no. But it appears that actual scientists are feeling the chilling effect of the USA administration's public position on climate change being a "hoax" that "is done for the benefit of China". "Please visit with your staff and make them aware of this shift in perspective within the executive branch". And on June 5, an employee said that "we would prefer to keep the language [referring to climate change] as is". The NRCS is the federal office that oversees farmers' land conservation.
Environmental advocates have repeatedly called foul on the Trump administration's handling of science and climate change, including the nomination for a top job elsewhere in the Agriculture Department. The climate section of the Interior Department's website was significantly edited, and the EPA removed pages about climate change from its website in April.