Climate Change Pages Removed from State Department Website

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Climate Change Pages Removed from State Department Website

On January 25, 2017, ThinkProgress reported that various pages mentioning climate change had been removed from the State Department website. The removed pages dealt with, among other things, the U.S. contribution to the U.N. Green Climate Fund, U.S. obligations under the Montreal Protocol, and the State Department’s Climate Action Report (with links to the 2010, 2014, and 2016 Reports removed).

Various references to “climate change” and associated terms were also removed from other State Department webpages. For example, the department’s “Office of Global Change” webpage was updated to remove references to “greenhouse gases.” The webpage of the “Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change” was also amended to remove a sentence indicating that it is “committed to combating climate change.” The page now states that the office is “responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing U.S. international policy on climate change.”

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