Trump’s latest head-in-the-sand climate solution: cutting off climate models at 2040

The Trump administration doesn’t want us looking too far into the future of climate change: James Reilly, the Trump-appointed director of the U.S. Geological Survey, has mandated that scientific climate models should run through...2040. That’s it, just 20 years. (It’s almost as if he knows bad things are to come if we continue business as usual.) The move is an obvious attempt to obfuscate the snowballing effects of climate change as well as some of the most sobering projections made by scientists. Most current models predict the impacts of global warming through the end of the century—at which point the planet could warm a catastrophic 5 degrees Celsius or more.

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