NOAA budget cut could put lives at risk by hindering research: experts warn
As the Trump administration is reportedly mulling significant cuts to the budget of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), many experts have warned that any such move would hurt climate research and put lives at risk.
The Washington Post recently reported that the Trump administration has plans to cut NOAA's budget by 17 per cent. As the federal agency oversees weather forecasting as well as climate research, any such cuts could really put the public at risk by hampering research.
Marshall Shepherd, the director of University of Georgia's atmospheric science program, said, "Any weakening of our technological, scientific, and human capabilities related to weather and climate places American lives and property at risk."
David Titley, the director of Penn State University's Center for Solutions to Weather & Climate Risk, added that the proposed cut is opposite to the 'leave it better than you found it' philosophy.
Currently, NOAA's annual budget stands at around $5.6 billion. The figure represents a really small fraction of the federal government's discretionary budget of $1.2 trillion.
The proposed budget cut is part of President Trump's larger effort to boost military spending by $54 billion and afford that hike with cuts to other federal agencies. The government is also planning to cut the Environmental Protection Agency's $8.2 billion budget by a quarter.