I'm a senior science writer for Climate Central, focusing on coverage of extreme weather and climate change. Prior to working with Climate Central, I was a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and Greenwire/E&E Daily, and a longtime blogger for Washington Post's "Capital Weather Gang" blog. I...
If President Donald Trump gets his way, weather forecasts in America will become less accurate over time, lagging behind those produced in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world. Trump's budget contains a head-scratching provision that would cancel key upgrades to the National Weather Service's (NWS) computer modeling program, forcing an agency that has already fallen behind its peers abroad to fall even further behind.
It's well known that Pope Francis and President Donald Trump don't exactly see eye-to-eye on global climate change. The pope recognizes the issue as a moral and religious challenge that must be addressed in order to make progress in alleviating poverty and other global goals. And Trump, well, he doesn't think global warming exists in the first place. SEE ALSO: Pope Francis convenes world's mayors to discuss global warmingIn other words, there is a chasm between them on this issue.
President Donald Trump may be 6,000 miles away from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, but that didn't stop him from launching an all-out assault on climate science and related energy research. The weapon of choice? His fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. The cuts are staggering in scope, and the consequences are already starting as federal employees and contractors — spooked by the figures out this week — begin job searching in earnest.