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Viewpoints: Donald Trump Denies Existence of Climate Change

A permit application for a sea wall around one of Donald Trump's golf courses explicitly names global warming as a reason to build the wall.

United States – Politico, 5/23/16:  Donald Trump says he is “not a big believer in global warming.” He has called it “a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience.” But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.” … Earlier this month, after failing to win special approval from the national government for the structure, Trump re-submitted a planning application… seeking permission to build the wall, which would consist of 200,000 tons of rock distributed along two miles of beach. … The heading of one page — emblazoned with a “Trump Doonbeg” logo — is “Need for Coastal Protection.” The page lists four bullet points, the last of which is, "Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century."

United States – The New York Times, 5/27/16: Last week, the Forest Service said there were 40 million of them — that is, 40 million dead trees in [California], almost one for every resident. … After speaking in Anaheim on Wednesday, Trump could have gone just a few miles up into the Santa Ana Mountains to see the collateral damage of what he has called “a total hoax,” “a canard” and “a total con job” — his words for climate change. Of course, Trump would never take a walk in the dead woods; he’s nature-averse, unless it’s tailored to his tastes. … In protecting his sizable investment on the Irish coast, he’s putting his money where his mouth isn’t. …

United Kingdom – The Guardian, 5/26/16: In November, Americans will face a stark contrast between their choices for the nation’s next president.  …Donald Trump, who at best is confident in his complete ignorance about climate change, and at worst is selling out the welfare of future generations for personal gain while protecting his own assets. …Hillary Clinton, who for whatever her flaws, acknowledges the reality and threats posed by climate change and has a plan to tackle them.  One of these candidates will soon lead one of the world’s most powerful and largest-polluting countries, just as we’re running out of time to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. This is a choice Americans have to get right.

India – The Hindu, 5/28/16: Consolidating his views on climate change that seek to overturn existing U.S. policies, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to increase oil, coal and gas production and incentivise fracking, while ridiculing renewable energy technologies. “We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement,” Mr. Trump said referring to the pact between nearly 200 countries, said to be the last hope for limiting global warming below 2 degree Celsius more than the preindustrial levels.  … Climate change and cooperation in clean energy are on the top of the agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington on June 7 and 8. In the event of a future U.S. President upending the entire premise of climate change, that could have some impact on its ties with India. 

United States Washington Post, 5/27/16: Across the globe, World Heritage Sites, some of the planet’s most precious places, are under a slow but potentially devastating assault from climate change, according to a new United Nations report. … It does not waste time debating the facts of climate change: There is, the report notes, “unequivocal scientific evidence” that the atmosphere contains more carbon dioxide today than it did at any time going back for 800,000 years.  

Australia – news.com.au, 5/27/16: The Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the canals of Venice… are among the 31 protected sites that risk being lost for good due to rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of climate change, according to a damning new report by scientists and United Nations researchers. … Other natural and man-made World Heritage sites such as Easter Island’s iconic statues, Uganda’s gorilla forests, the Colombian port city of Cartagena, the ancient Vietnamese town of Hoi An and the Galápagos Islands are also on the list. … Other natural and man-made World Heritage sites such as Easter Island’s iconic statues, Uganda’s gorilla forests, the Colombian port city of Cartagena, the ancient Vietnamese town of Hoi An and the Galápagos Islands are also on the list. … The Yellowstone National Park in the United States may be transformed in just a few decades by more frequent wildfires and less snow due to warmer and shorter winters. … UNESCO lists more than 1000 heritage sites. About half of them are threatened by industrial activities such as mining, oil exploration and illegal logging.

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