Once climate change skeptic, new NASA chief Bridenstine wants Earth science to remain key agency mission

By Ledyard King

WASHINGTON — Newly installed NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said the agency will — and should — continue to monitor the Earth’s carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming, marking another break from many of the conservative lawmakers with whom he once served.

Two weeks after telling a Senate panel he now believes human activity is the primary source of climate change, the former GOP congressman from Oklahoma told a group of reporters Wednesday that NASA must continue its work on Earth science missions.

“NASA can lead when it comes to studying the Earth and studying the climate. That’s what we have been doing and that’s what we intend to keep doing,” he said. “And there’s no agency on the face of the planet that has the credibility to study and understand so that policy makers can make good decisions than NASA.”

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  1. @OP – Two weeks after telling a Senate panel he now believes human activity is the primary source of climate change, the former GOP congressman from Oklahoma told a group of reporters Wednesday that NASA must continue its work on Earth science missions.

    Not that Trump is likely to listen!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44470208

    Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

    Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate.

    Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting.

    This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually – a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken.

    Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature.

    Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

    The researchers say the losses are occurring predominantly in the West of the continent, where warm waters are getting under and melting the fronts of glaciers that terminate in the ocean.

    Low lying coastal settlements and ports, ignore this sort information at their peril! – Especially with the warming-driven increasing energy in storms.

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