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Trump orders EPA to remove web page on climate change, says report

Reuters says the Trump administration has ordered the climate change page on the EPA's website to be removed.

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As of 10 a.m. ET this morning, the EPA's climate change page was still up.

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Information about climate change from the US government could soon get tougher to find.

The Trump administration has ordered the web page related to climate change at EPA.gov removed, Reuters reports.

EPA employees received notice on Tuesday from the administration to remove the website's climate change page, which could go down as early as today. The sources for the report, who asked not to be named since they weren't authorized to speak to the media, said employees were scrambling to preserve information from the page, and convince Trump administration officials not to scrap everything there.

At time of publication the apparent page in question was still up.

It collects articles and research from a wide range of subjects related to climate change, a topic Trump has repeatedly labeled a hoax on Twitter over the past three years. The page's top feature story is "NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally." Under the heading "Why is the climate changing?," for example, one of the site's sub-pages reads:

Recent climate changes, however, cannot be explained by natural causes alone. Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20thcentury. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming.

After the Reuters report appeared the newsletter InsideEPA.com says that "EPA is temporarily suspending its plans" to remove the page. The EPA and the White House didn't not reply to requests for comment.

On Tuesday the official account of Badlands Nation Park sent out a series of tweets related to climate change, which were subsequently deleted.

Updated with InsideEPA.com report.

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