美環署網站「改版」 大量氣候變遷資料遭下架 | 台灣環境資訊協會-環境資訊中心

美環署網站「改版」 大量氣候變遷資料遭下架


4月29日,美國總統川普就任滿100天,吸引了20萬人走上街頭,發起華盛頓人民氣候遊行(Peoples Climate March),更有數千人自各地與海外串連支持。但就在前一天28日,美環保署網站「epa.gov」下架數十年累積下來的氣候科學資料。




火力發電廠。圖片來源:Zach Frailey(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)








Trump’s EPA Scrubs Website of Climate Facts
WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2017 (ENS)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday removed decades worth of climate science from its website, one day before 200,000 people came together for the Peoples Climate March in Washington, with thousands more marching in communities around America and the world.

“EPA.gov, the website for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is undergoing changes that reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Calling the EPA’s previous work “out of date,” the agency said, “The process, which involves updating language to reflect the approach of new leadership, is intended to ensure that the public can use the website to understand the agency’s current efforts.”

The website that once detailed President Barack Obama’s Clean Power plan now brings up President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence, which calls for a Trump administration review of the Clean Power Plan.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan, announced in August 2015, would have cut heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 by replacing coal and oil-fired energy generation with natural gas, wind, solar and other cleaner fuels. Based on uniform national standards, the plan set individual state goals based on each state’s current energy mix.

Details of the Clean Power Plan can be found on the Environment News Service website at. http://ens-newswire.com/2015/08/03/epa-sets-first-co2-standards-for-exis...

EPA says in its announcement of the changes, “The changes will comply with agency ethics and legal guidance, including the use of proper archiving procedures. For instance, a screenshot of the last administration’s website will remain available from the main page.”

That “screenshot” is at the foot of the EPA’s homepage under the label, “January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot.” The links are to databases that are being updated with Trump administration “facts.” Many links in this archived site will not work.

The information being eliminated conflicts directly with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s denial of decades of climate science.

On CNBC last month Pruitt achnowledged that “global warming” is occurring but that that human activities such as burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests are not “a primary contributor.”

“measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

Until Friday, the EPA’s climate change website cited findings to the contrary by the thousands of scientists who voluntarily contribute to the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, and many national academies of science.

The IPCC does no original research. Instead, it reports on peer-reviewed scientific climate literature published worldwide over the preceding seven years.

In its latest report, issued in November 2014, the IPCC states, “The Synthesis Report confirms that human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed across all continents and oceans. Many of the observed changes since the 1950s are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The IPCC is now 95 percent certain that humans are the main cause of current global warming.”

※ 全文及圖片詳見:ENS


蔡麗伶(LiLing Barricman)

In my healing journey and learning to attain the breath awareness, I become aware of the reality that all the creatures of the world are breathing the same breath. Take action, here and now. From my physical being to the every corner of this out of balance's planet.

1999年底,因為麗伶的關係,環境資訊電子報與美國Environmental News Service (ENS)得以牽線,並且她擔任環資的英譯中審校,一當就是20幾年。這些年來,她間或以微薄稿酬或志工的身分,持續遠距參與審校工作,總計近3000篇13萬中文字的貢獻,陪伴著環境資訊中心從一棵小芽,逐漸累積成長至今。

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