It’s not the first government site to fail to note climate information under the new administration. References to climate change disappeared from the White House website on the day of the inauguration, replaced with information about the Trump administration’s energy plan.

This week the Trump administration also came under fire for placing restrictions on the communications of certain federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture and Interior departments. These included restrictions on social-media communications, news releases and responses to media requests.

That said, other federal agencies have continued to share information on climate change as usual. Twitter accounts belonging to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have gone on tweeting climate-related content this week. And a Twitter account belonging to Badlands National Park became briefly famous on Tuesday when it released a handful of defiant tweets about climate change.  

Those tweets have disappeared, but the incident has spurred a number of other protest Twitter accounts, which, although not officially affiliated with federal agencies, have gone on to publicize information about human-caused climate change.

“Climate change is real, Trump,” tweeted one such account, AltUSNatParkService, on Thursday morning. “You gotta deal with it now, or have the problems it creates be your legacy, for now & future generations.”


January 26, 2017