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Pruitt to Review 'Accuracy' of Leaked Climate Report
In an interview with a Texas radio show late Thursday, he called for the report to be "subjected to peer-reviewed, objective-reviewed methodology and evaluation." The scientists who authored the report, which has already undergone rigorous peer-review, have raised concerns that the Trump administration may try to alter it and that further scrutiny could be colored by political biases.
During his tenure, Pruitt has unraveled environmental protections, eliminated career staff and created a culture of utmost secrecy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The New York Times details the "extraordinary measures" the administrator is taking to conceal his actions, such as forbidding staff to carry phones or take notes during meetings, keeping his calendar private and locking the doors to the floor of his office.
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Talk is cheap, says the acting executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, who begged governments around the world to make sure that 2020 is not another year of conferences and empty promises, but instead is the year to take decisive action to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and the destruction of habitat-sustaining ecosystems, as The Guardian reported.