USDA says it will no longer teach or publish an academic course to students who study or research global warming.
The move is a response to the rising tide of scientific evidence that global warming is occurring and that manmade emissions are altering the climate.
“The current course of inquiry has not been developed in a way that meets the needs of students and the broader community,” the USDA said in a statement.
The course is part of the agency’s effort to educate Americans about climate change.
It was developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The course will no long be offered.
“It is time for the U., and the world, to move on,” said NCAR Director Craig Thompson in a prepared statement.
Scientists have long argued that climate change is happening, but that it’s largely because of human activity.
While the climate has warmed since the Industrial Revolution, the average temperature on Earth has not risen in over a century.
Instead, global temperatures have risen.
The warming of the planet has been so rapid that some scientists believe it could last for centuries.
“We have a long way to go, but the evidence is mounting that we are not in a crisis of climate change,” said James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
“Climate change is real, and it is a serious problem.”
The agency also plans to end its relationship with the Uppsala University, which will no more offer its climate course on global warming to students.
“As a public university, Uppsal has chosen to withdraw its commitment to the University of Minnesota and the U., for no other reason than it has decided to pursue a different course of study in this area,” the agency said in the statement.