Anti-Trump climate change grants poach US researchers

Eighteen climate scientists from the United States and elsewhere hit the jackpot last week as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term, writes Sylvie Corbet for Associated Press.

The ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ grants – a nod to Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign slogan – are part of Macron’s efforts to counter Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a contest for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.

More than 5,000 people from about 100 countries expressed interest in the grants. A majority of the applicants – and 13 of the 18 winners – were US-based researchers. “We will be there to replace” US financing of climate research, Macron told the winners in Paris last Monday. “If we want to prepare for the changes of tomorrow, we need science,” he said, promising to put in place a global climate change monitoring system among other climate innovations.
Full report on the HeraldNet site