Furor af­ter EPA pulls sci­en­tists from panel

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USA TO­DAY WASH­ING­TON The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency is draw­ing heat for pulling its sci­en­tists from a panel dis­cus­sion Mon­day in Rhode Is­land as part of a con­fer­ence spot­light­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change on the Nar­ra­gansett Bay.

The with­drawal of the two sci­en­tists as well as an agency con­sul­tant has sparked fresh crit­i­cism about EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt’s skep­ti­cism to­ward the broad sci­en­tific com­mu­nity’s con­clu­sion that hu­man-caused global warm­ing is a fact and a grow­ing con­cern.

The con­fer­ence where the sci­en­tists were sched­uled to speak is co­in­cid­ing with the re­lease of a re­port show­ing the threats of cli­mate change to Nar­ra­gansett Bay, the 196square-mile es­tu­ary whose wa­ter­shed en­com­passes 1,705 square miles with more than 100 towns and cities that are home to nearly 2 mil­lion peo­ple.

“Cli­mate change is af­fect­ing air and wa­ter tem­per­a­tures, pre­cip­i­ta­tion, sea level, and fish in the Nar­ra­gansett Bay re­gion,” the re­port, which was par­tially funded by the EPA, con­cludes.

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