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Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources
"If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," one of the EPA staffers told Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

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Samantha Cristoforetti

(born 1977) Astronaut and engineer

Samantha Cristoforetti was a fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force when she became an astronaut with the European Space Agency. She holds records for longest single space flight by a woman and for longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut. Some might say her greatest accomplishment was to be the first person to brew espresso coffee in space.

Number 181 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Mars methane mission lifts off
Europe and Russia launch a joint mission to the Red Planet to investigate whether methane in the Mars atmosphere comes from microbial life.

Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to the Red Planet.

The satellite, called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 09:31 GMT.

The probe will investigate whether the methane in the world’s atmosphere is coming from a geological source or is being produced by microbes.

If all goes well, the two space powers expect to follow up this venture with a rover, to be assembled in the UK, which will drill into the surface.

That could launch in 2018, or, as seems increasingly likely, in 2020.

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European Space Agency accused of 'having a problem with promoting women'
Rita Schulz says she was ‘shafted’ by management when she was dropped as lead scientist on Rosetta mission six months before its culmination
By Hannah Devlin

A leading space scientist has accused the European Space Agency of having a “problem with promoting women” that has led to men holding almost every top job at the agency.

Rita Schulz, who was the lead scientist on the Rosetta comet-chasing mission from 2007 to 2013, also told the Guardian that she had been “shafted” by management when she was dropped from the historic project six months before its culmination.

The German scientist, who was ESA’s first and only female project scientist at the time, said she felt compelled to highlight gender bias after seeing so few women rising up the ranks during the past two decades.

“This is something that is not good at ESA,” she said. “Women are never promoted. I have to say I believe this is a problem.”

Schulz was hired as deputy project scientist on Rosetta in 1996 and said she expected many other women to follow. But by the time she was replaced as project scientist by Matt Taylor, in 2013, she remained ESA’s only woman in leadership on an active mission.

“I was the only one for 20 years, sitting in the room with all these men,” she said. “I really think there should be more.”

Schulz said she was not given an explanation for why she was moved off Rosetta after 17 years – and is not suggesting sexism played a part. But leaving the mission unexpectedly just before its climax had been “tremendously damaging” for her career, she said.

“It took me a long time to get over it,” she said. “I was shafted.”

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