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Scientists Scramble to Save Climate Data Before Trump Takes Office

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 04:29 PM

Worried that government climate data might disappear under the incoming Trump administration, scientists are beginning to preserve current material on private servers, the Washington Post reported

The effort includes a "guerrilla archiving" event in Toronto, and the collaboration of scientists and database experts to compile an online site for storage of scientific data, the Post reported.

"Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic, or at least something you'd want to hedge against," environmental researcher Nick Santos of the University of California at Davis told the Post.

Santos said he's already begun copying government climate data onto a non-government server, where it will remain available to the public.

"Doing this can only be a good thing," he told the Post. "Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we're planning for that."

According to the Post, the concern has been fueled by the nomination by President-elect Donald Trump of Cabinet members who've questioned global warming

The president-elect himself said he's unsure whether climate change is real

Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the advocacy group, Union of Concerned Scientists, charged that Trump has appointed a "band of climate conspiracy theorists" to run transition efforts at various agencies, as well as nominees to lead them.

"They have been salivating at the possibility of dismantling federal climate research programs for years," he told the Post. "It's not unreasonable to think they would want to take down the very data that they dispute."

"There is a fine line between being paranoid and being prepared, and scientists are doing their best to be prepared," he added.

Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, told the Post he doubts even a hostile administration would try to sabotage existing climate data.

"I think it's much more likely they'd try to end the collection of data, which would minimize its value," he told the Post. "Having continuous data is crucial for understanding long-term trends," which he said "are what climate change is about…"

"If you can just get rid of the data, you're in a stronger position to argue we should do nothing about climate change."

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Worried that government climate data might disappear under the incoming Trump administration, scientists are beginning to preserve current material on private servers, the Washington Post reported.
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