|2018-08-14||Scientific Research Subject to Political Interference at NOAA||DOC, Federal||Research Hindrance||Climate, Other||
A survey of federal government scientists found evidence of political interference in scientific research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The survey found, among other things, that scientists have been told to avoid research linking environmental problems to action by industry.
|2018-02-12||NOAA Budget Cuts Proposed for FY19||DOC, Federal||Budget Cuts||Climate, Other||
The Trump administration’s FY2019 budget proposes to reduce funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by 20% compared to FY2017 levels. Among other things, the budget would eliminate $273 million in funding for NOAA grant programs, including the National Sea Grant College Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
|2018-01-20||NOAA Climate Change Website Suspended During Government Shutdown||DOC, Federal||Government Censorship||Climate||
During the government shutdown, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temporarily suspended access to a website providing climate change data, while continuing to allow access to several other sites. The climate change website returned to service on January 23, 2018, following the end of the government shutdown.
|2017-08||National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee Disbanded||DOC, Federal||Personnel Changes||Climate||
The Trump administration disbanded an advisory committee which assisted state and local officials to use the National Climate Assessment in long-term planning.
|2017-07||Human Role in Climate Change Downplayed by NOAA||DOC, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation||Climate||
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a news release publicizing the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index. The release noted that the index has increased 40% since 1990 but, unlike previous releases, failed to attribute this increase to human activity.
|2017-05-23||NOAA’s FY18 Budget Cut by Trump Administration||DOC, Federal||Budget Cuts||Climate, Other||
The Trump administration’s FY2018 budget proposed to cut funding for NOAA’s climate and environmental research programs by 7% or $49 million.
|2017||Four Climate Fellowships Rescinded by NOAA||DOC, Federal||Budget Cuts||Climate||
Budget cuts resulted in NOAA rescinding four of the eight offers made to researchers to participate in the 2017 Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. As a result, fewer researchers participated in the 2017 program than in any other year since it was launched.