Trump disbands US climate advisory committee

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has decided to disband the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, according to a report in the Washington Post.

The National Climate Assessment is intended to be released every four years to provide guidance to policy makers and private sector officials for long-term planning in the light of the government's climate analysis. The next assessment is due for release in 2018

The 15-person Advisory Committee, comprising academics, local officials and corporate representatives, was set up to interpret findings of the National Climate Assessment for both public and private officials.

A scientific report that is a key part of the Assessment estimate that human activities have caused an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit between 1951 and 2010.

Meanwhile, in California, universities are collaborating on developing a new California Climate Science and Solutions Institute with projected investment in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

According to a report in Nature, the project, to focus on the impacts of global warming on the state, could be funded through California's cap-and-trade programme to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions if it is passed by the state legislature.

The proposed institute has support from institutions including the ten University of California campuses, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

The Washington Post article is available here.

The Nature article is available here.

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