Blind amphibian that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump following his remarks on climate change

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 December 2018, 11:55 AM
Blind Amphibian named after President Trump (Photo: Twitter)
Blind Amphibian named after President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

US President Donald Trump has more than just a presidency and a successful entrepreneur tags in his resume, he now has an amphibian named after him. This christening of the blind amphibian came after President Trump, in an interview with CBS, told them that climate change is a sham. He told in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes in October. "I don't know that it's manmade," "I'm not denying climate change but [temperatures] could very well go back," he added.

Regarding his remark, scientists decided to take their new discovery to a humorous side by correlating it to the somewhat ignorant remark of President Trump. A newly discovered amphibian that buries its head in the sand has been named after him, apparently in response to his comments about climate change.

The Dermophis donaldtrumpi, which was discovered in Panama, was named by the head of a company that had bid $25,000 (£19,800) at an auction for the privilege. The company said it wanted to raise awareness about climate change.

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"[Dermophis donaldtrumpi] is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and is therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake's climate policies," said EnviroBuild co-founder Aidan Bell in a statement.

"Burrowing [his] head underground helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropomorphic climate change," he wrote.

The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is primarily human-induced. But President Trump, whose administration has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda, has accused those scientists of having a "political agenda" and cast doubt on whether humans were responsible for the Earth's rising temperatures. Last month, Trump questioned a report by his own government that found climate change would cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health.

"I don't believe it," he told reporters at the time.

After taking office he announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which commits countries to keep a limit on rising global temperatures. Regarding this decision, he said that he had been elected to serve the citizens of Pittsburgh and not Paris and the deal disadvantaged US businesses and workers.

First Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:50 AM
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