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There's Little Room In Trump's Budget For Climate Science

President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget includes large cuts in funding for climate research and programs.
Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 16, 2017

Climate science would see major funding cuts under President Donald Trump's 2018 federal budget.

The proposal reduces the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31 percent and ends funding for international climate change programs and research. It also seeks to eliminate more than 50 EPA programs.

NASA's Earth science efforts will lose $102 million in funding. The budget also cancels climate research missions, like PACE and DSCOVR.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will lose more than $250 million in grants and programs that support coastal and marine management and research.

The budget would also eliminate payments to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, a key part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

But despite these cuts in funding, climate science will still get some support. The proposed budget grants NASA $1.8 billion for its Earth science research. Some of that money would go toward creating environmental satellites that can give us critical weather data.