Does Donald Trump believe in global warming
Climate exit - Trump: "Where the hell is global warming?" - On these 23 before-and-after pictures from NASA
Trump: "Where the hell is global warming?" - On these 23 before-and-after pictures from NASA
US President Donald Trump has terminated the Paris Climate Agreement - because he wants to negotiate a better treaty for the United States. There is outrage around the world, but it did not come as a surprise: Trump does not believe in climate change - and we are using these Nasa images to prove the opposite.
It is far from a secret: US President Donald Trump does not believe in climate change or global warming. This is proven by numerous tweets on this topic over the years, here is a small selection, Trump is very redundant:
It's freezing in New York — where the hell is global warming?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2013
32º in New York - it's freezing! Where the hell is global warming when you need it?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2013
It's late in July and it is really cold outside in New York. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING ??? We need some fast! It's now CLIMATE CHANGE- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2014
Just out - the POLAR ICE CAPS are at an all time high, the POLAR BEAR population has never been stronger. Where the hell is global warming?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2014
Where the hell is global warming when you need it?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2015
Record low temperatures and massive amounts of snow. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2015
And so his decision to let the US get out of the Paris climate agreement is not really surprising. Which in turn does not change anything in the global outrage.
However, Trump officially justified the exit from the climate pact with “economic arguments”. The agreement is unjust. "As someone who is very concerned about the environment, I cannot with a clear conscience support a deal that punishes the United States," said the US President. China and India are likely to continue to increase their emissions by 2030, while the US will have to reduce them - this is associated with high costs for the American economy.
Evidence to the contrary from NASA
In the context of his many years of comments on “fake climate change”, the above quotation seems more than hypocritical. According to Trump, the Chinese simply invented climate change “to make US factories non-competitive”.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Fortunately, there is NASA, the civil US federal agency for space travel and flight science. Her before-and-after pictures, mostly taken with satellites, prove that Donald Trump is wrong - and they show how seriously humans affect not only the climate, but the entire planet earth.
Brüggen Glacier 1986-2016
Between 1998 and 2014, the southern front of the Chilean Glacier rose 593 meters and its northern front, which flows into Lake Greve, retreated 107 meters.
Aral Sea 2000-2014
Until the 1960s, the Aaralsee was the fourth largest lake in the world - the black outline shows the approximate coastline of that time. A major cause of the water loss was the Soviet Union, which diverted large amounts of water from the tributaries for cotton and grain cultivation.
Okomu National Park 1984-2017
In 1984 satellite images discovered that large parts of the forest reserve had already been converted into oil palm and rubber tree plantations (shades of mangeta). As a result, a 114 square kilometer game reserve was created in 1985, which has been a national park since 1999. The deforestation all around continues (top right in the picture).
Loss of jungle in Cambodia 1999-2017
14,400 square kilometers of forest were cut down in Cambodia between 2001 and 2014, the world's highest rate of deforestation. The picture in 2017 also shows a lot of (light) green, but these are grain fields, agroforestry and plantations.
Change in Shanghai (China) 1984-2016
The population of Shanghai doubled from 12 million in 1982 to 24 million in 2016. Accordingly, the urban area expanded from 308 to an incredible 1,302 square kilometers. Because concrete replaced forests and farmland, temperatures rose excessively here.
Mueller Glaciers, Hooker Glaciers and Tasman Glaciers in New Zealand 1990-2017
There are over 3,000 glaciers in New Zealand, all of which have been retreating steadily since 1890.
Neumayer Glacier on South Georgia (South Sandwich Islands)
Same picture in South Georgia, an island 2000 kilometers southeast of Cape Horn. In just 16 years, the Neumayer Glacier has shortened by 4 kilometers.
Three Gorges Dam in China 1993-2016
1.2 million people had to leave their homes for the Three Gorges Reservoir. Between 2003 and 2009 alone, the major project was responsible for 3400 earthquakes and numerous landslides. There are also concerns about the loss of biodiversity. (Wooded areas are shown in red in the picture.)
Lake Cachuma in Southern California (USA) 2013-2016
The drought in southern California dropped Lake Cachuma to just seven percent of capacity. The lake serves, among other things, as a drinking water reservoir.
Arctic ice sheet 1984-2016
The Arctic sea ice measured 1,860,000 square kilometers in 1984. In 2016, the area was 110,000 square kilometers. (Old ice is thicker and is shown “white” in the pictures, blue-gray shades stand for young, thin ice that melts faster.)
Urban expansion in New Delhi (India) 1991-2016
New Delhi grew in 25 years from 9.4 million to 25 million inhabitants to become the second largest city in the world after Tokyo. A population of 37 million is expected by 2030.
Lake Mead Reservoir on Colorado near Las Vegas (USA) 1984-2016
Created in the 1930s, Lake Mead is the largest water reservoir in the United States and supplies 25 million people. The lake is now only 37 percent full.
Great salt lake in the north of the US state of Utah 2011-2015
The water level in the Great Salt Lake is also shrinking.
Bolivian salt lake Poopó in the Andes 2013-2016
In wet times, the second largest lake in Bolivia has an area of 3000 square kilometers and serves as an important fishing resource. In 1994 the lake, which is usually only three meters deep, dried up and it took years for the water to return and the ecosystem to recover.
Imja Glacier in the Himalayas (Nepal) 1956-2007
Arapaho Glacier in the US state of Colorado 1898-2003
Ice cap on the Myrdalsjokull plateau glacier, Iceland 1986-2014
Lake Powell Reservoir (USA) 1999-2014
In 1999 the lake was almost full - in 2014 the water level had dropped to 42 percent.
Glacier retreat in the Kenai Fjord (Alaska, USA) 1920 / 1940-2005
In 60 to 80 years, the Alaska glacier retreated around 10 kilometers from the fjord.
McCarty Glacier in Alaska (USA) 1909-2004
Where once glaciers were 15 kilometers long, open ocean water stretches today. The once barren adjoining slopes are now covered by lush vegetation.
Deforestation in Baban Rafi (Niger) 1976-2007
It is the most important forest area in Niger, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. Because the population in the region quadrupled in 40 years, a lot of forest (darker green areas in the picture) was cut down for agricultural land. The existing forests are also being over-exploited.
Great salt lake in the north of the US state of Utah 1985-2010
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