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Scientists Scramble To Secure Climate Data, Fearing Trump Purge

Ice floats on the surface of the sea in the western Antarctic peninsula, on March 05, 2016. Waddling over the rocks, legions of penguins hurl themselves into the icy waters of Antarctica, foraging to feed their young. Like seals and whales, they eat krill, an inch-long shrimp-like crustacean that forms the basis of the Southern Ocean food chain. But penguin-watchers say the krill are getting scarcer in the western Antarctic peninsula, under threat from climate change and fishing. AFP PHOTO/EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICH (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

The following is an excerpt from Steve Benen | December 14, 2016 | msnbc.com |

Scientists who study global warming and the climate crisis rely heavily on government data to document broader trends. What happens when Americans elect a climate-denying television personality to the presidency, and he chooses a variety of other climate deniers to lead key agencies?

Well, it’s obviously time to secure the data before Donald Trump and his team take office. The Washington Post reported yesterday that scientists are scrambling in advance of Jan. 20.
Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks, and a collaboration of scientists and database experts who are compiling an online site to harbor scientific information.
Just so we’re clear, neither Trump nor anyone on his team has threatened to start trashing evidence of climate change. Scientists aren’t scrambling in response to an explicit threat, but rather, just as a precautionary move.

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