Agency: US DOC

Silencing Science Tracker

Agency: US DOC

2018-08-14 Scientific Research Subject to Political Interference at NOAA US DOC Research Hindrance Climate, Other

A survey of federal government scientists found evidence of political interference in scientific research at NOAA. 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 US DOC 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 US DOC Government Censorship Climate

During the government shutdown, NOAA 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 US DOC 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 US DOC Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

A NOAA news release publicizing the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index noted 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 US DOC 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2017 Four Climate Fellowships Rescinded by NOAA US DOC Budget Cuts Climate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.