Agriculture

Senate Democrats allege Trump administration has buried 1,400+ climate studies

Sen. Stabenow
Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Photo. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Senate Democrats alleged in a new report Thursday that the Trump administration has censored more than 1,400 studies on climate change across the government, Politico reports.

Why it matters: To the extent these claims are accurate, it illustrates the reach of President Trump's moves to stifle established climate science. It's also a sign of how much of a political football climate change has become between the two parties.

3 billion birds have been lost in U.S. and Canada since 1970

Illustration of vanishing bird
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Human activity has decimated roughly 29% (almost 3 billion) of bird populations over the past 50 years in the U.S. and Canada, including meadowlarks, swallows and sparrows, scientists announced Thursday.

Why it matters: In addition to suffering pervasive losses in several groups of birds, North America has also reached a "widespread ecological crisis" that is affecting other activities like spring migration, food production and pest control, the scientists warn.