By Miriam Raftery
January 6, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Two vital sites run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that scientists rely upon for up-to-date climate change data have gone dark, apparently due to the government shutdown caused by the impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress over a federal budget.
East County Magazine climate writer Roger Coppock discovered the loss of data. He states, “We've all been expecting it for almost two years. Trump has finally shut down the distribution climate data.”
This request for "NCDC: Global Surface Temperature Anomalies" http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php and this request for "Global Surface Temperature Anomalies: Anomalies and Index Data | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)" https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/global/globe/land_ocean/ytd/12/1880-2018.csv now both point to: https://governmentshutdown.noaa.gov A message at this link states that the website is not available due to a lapse in appropriation.
Trump has long stated that he does not believe climate change is real or man-made despite 97% of the world’s climate scientists agreeing that climate change is a serious problem and that man’s activities are a primary catalyst of the rapidly accelerating climate change that poses threats to people around the world.