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Top Climate Scientist Quits USDA, Accuses Trump Administration of Trying to Bury Research

Top Climate Scientist Quits USDA, Accuses Trump Administration of Trying to Bury Research

Lewis Ziska quite USDA

One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the  Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s  efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice is losing  nutrients because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Lewis Ziska, a 62-year-old plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s  Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO  he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the  findings of the study — which raised serious concerns for the 600  million people who depend on rice for most of their calories — but also  tried to minimize media coverage of the paper, which was published in  the journal Science Advances last year.

Source: Top Climate Scientist Quits USDA, Accuses Trump Administration of Trying to Bury Research

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