Top U.K. Researchers Urge Theresa May To Press Trump To Support Climate Change ResearchBy Emily Marks
Top researchers in the United Kingdom have urged their Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss climate change with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump. This comes as the inauguration nears.
The Washington Post reported that 100 leading climate researchers in the U.K. wrote a letter urging Prime Minister May to "press president-elect Trump and his administration" about climate change. They want the incoming U.S. president to "acknowledge the scientific evidence about the risks of climate change."
They also want Trump to continue supporting international action to reverse the effects of climate change. This would include the Paris Agreement. Trump is also urged to support world class research and data-gathering in the U.S.
The scientists warned of Trump and his administration's skepticism on the global phenomenon. They are concerned that this would weaken climate change research and data-gathering in the nation.
According to The Independent, the researchers warned Prime Minister May that the U.K. would be affected if ever Donald Trump decides to turn his back on U.S.-funded climate change research. This would have a devastating impact on the world as well.
The Guardian added that the scientists want an expansion of research in Britain if ever Trump weakens climate change research in the United States. This would lead to many opportunities in the U.K. in terms of the economy.
Recently, the House Science Committee faced backlash for retweeting a post about a misleading and unscientific article that denied climate-change. This comes after Donald Trump continues to appoint climate-change deniers to office. He has previously tweeted that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
This month, Trump has also met with William Happer, a professor of physics in Princeton, who is known for being vocal about the pros of climate change instead of focusing on its cons. There are speculations that the meeting was to discuss about a government post for the Princeton physicist in the energy or science departments.