Disappearing Data

I woke up this morning to a really depressing thread on Twitter from the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick. He went looking for the data on climate change that used to be on the US Geological Survey’s website. In December 2016, its “Effects of #Climate Change” page had 2,825 items; today, it has none. Here’s his summary of the overall changes:

Resource CategoryDecember 21, 2016September 17, 2017
All Science Items5932416
Web Pages5271

To paraphrase George Orwell, “He who controls the data controls the future.” There are dark times ahead…

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