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Trump's Climate Agenda Leaves Jane Goodall 'Immensely Depressed'

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British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall (AP Photo/Michal Kamaryt)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 10:08 PM

British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said Wednesday she was "immensely depressed" by President Donald Trump's climate change agenda, The Guardian reported.

"Many of us – not just my institute – have been working really hard to create the Paris Agreement and global effort to cut carbon emissions," Goodall told journalists a day after Trump signed an executive order unwinding former President Obama's climate policies. "Thinking that the USA isn't going to play its part, such a major industrial country, is really very, very sad, and it just means we're going to have to work harder."

Trump nullified Obama's Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing carbon pollution from power plants with the bigger goal on combating climate change, in step with the Paris Agreement. 

But Trump's actions Tuesday will likely make it difficult for the U.S. to meet its Paris Agreement targets on carbon dioxide emissions. And it brings Trump's previous comments on climate change – he said during the campaign it was a hoax – back into the spotlight. 

Goodall says it is difficult to trust anyone other than a scientist. 

"Because I'm traveling all over the world 300 days a year, I have seen the result of climate change, and we know, science has shown, that global temperatures are warming and these so-called greenhouse gases are blanketing the globe," she said.

"So, being not a scientist in that field, I tend to listen to scientists who do work in that field, like Nicholas Stern, and I would not dream of refuting the science that shows climate change is happening. It's happening everywhere.

"It's already having devastating effects in many parts of the word, and the droughts are getting worse, flooding's getting worse, storms, hurricanes are getting more frequent and more violent. And the main thing is unpredictability: everywhere I go, people say, 'Well, it's not normally like that at this time of year.'"

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British scientist Jane Goodall said Wednesday she was "immensely depressed" by President Donald Trump's climate change agenda, The Guardian reported.
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