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USDA Replaces the Phrase 'Climate Change' with 'Weather Extremes'
USAgNet - 08/09/2017

Officials at a U.S. Department of Agriculture told staffers to avoid the term "climate change" in their communications and use language like "weather extremes" instead, The Guardian reported Monday.

According to emails obtained by The Guardian, officials told staffers in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to change the way they discuss climate change in their work.

According to the office, climate change would become "weather extremes." Climate change adaptation should instead be "resilience to weather," and efforts to "reduce greenhouse gases" should instead be deemed as ways to "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency."

NRCS's climate change page, designed to "to provide assistance to enable farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability," is still live on the service's website.

President Trump last month nominated Sam Clovis to be the USDA's chief scientist. Clovis is not a scientist, does not have a science degree and has said he is "extremely skeptical" of climate change, claiming "a lot of the science is junk science."

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