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Energy Dept. Refuses to Give Climate Change Workers’ Names to Trump

Energy Dept refuses to hand over names to TrumpThe U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it will not comply with a request from President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers.

The response from the Energy Department could signal a rocky transition for the president-elect's energy team and potential friction between the new leadership and the staffers who remain in place.


Researchers Are Preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web

Climate change sites will be erasedWhen Donald Trump takes over the federal government on January 21, his administration will also gain complete control over much of the .gov suite of websites, which currently hosts a treasure trove of publicly available, taxpayer-funded scientific research. The academic world is bracing itself: Will that data remain available after his transition?

Scientists and university professors all around the country and in Canada believe we’re about to see widespread whitewashing and redaction of already published, publicly available taxpayer-funded scientific research, databases, and interactive tools, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Level Rise viewer, NASA’s suite of climate change apps, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s maps of the country’s worst polluters. They also expect to see censorship, misrepresentation, and minimization of new government-funded research, specifically regarding climate change.


Bill Gates forms $1 billion clean tech fund with business tycoons

Bill GatesMicrosoft founder Bill Gates is forming a $1 billion fund with other investors in a quest to fight climate change with clean energy innovation.

The Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund "will finance emerging energy breakthroughs that can deliver affordable and reliable zero carbon emissions," the investors said in a statement. Gates announced plans for the fund in late 2015 but details were revealed Monday.


Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' sequel to premiere at Sundance

Al GoreParamount Pictures says it will release in theaters next year the follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary about the global climate crisis.

Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel to the 2006 documentary follows Gore as he continues his fight to build a more sustainable future for the planet. The film will premiere on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival.

TVNL Comment:  Thank you so much, Al Gore - but you're up against the power of the newly appointed head of the EPA - a virulent climate change denier.  The people just don't understand.  They just don't


'Vulnerable' to extinction: What giraffes are up against

Giraffes vulnerable to extintionThe giraffe is now on the official list of animals and plants that could face extinction in the future.

The majestic animal, which is the tallest land animal in the world, is only found in Africa. In the past 30 years, its numbers have plummeted by nearly 40%, prompting scientists to add it to the list of threatened and endangered animals, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

On Wednesday, the IUCN listed giraffes as "vulnerable of extinction."

And the road to preventing giraffes from becoming extinct will take a lot of effort from local governments and non-government organizations, according to David Banks, regional Director for the Africa Region with the Nature Conservancy.


What happens if Delaware-sized iceberg breaks off Antarctica?

Delaware chunk of ice may break offNASA is keeping a close eye on a 70-mile-long rift in an Antarctica ice shelf that could produce a massive iceberg and indirectly lead to rising sea levels.

The crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf is more than 300 feet wide and about a third of mile deep, according to the agency. Once the crack goes all the way across, it could produce an iceberg the size of Delaware.

Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a landmass, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.


The Weather Channel calls out Breitbart for climate change skepticism

Weather Channel calls out BreitbartThe Weather Channel turned up the heat on Breitbart News on Tuesday, calling out the publication’s skepticism on climate change with a scorching rebuke.

The Weather Channel didn’t mince words, titling an article published Tuesday afternoon on “Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans.”

Breitbart last Wednesday published a report headlined: “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists.” The story includes an embedded Weather Channel video.


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