Camille Parmesan: ‘Trump’s extremism on climate change has brought people together

scientist camille parmesan standing on a beach in south-west england with the sun going down behind her

Camille Parmesan: ‘We are now sure of what we only suspected years ago. Policy needs to catch up with science.’ Photograph: Lloyd Russell/University of Plymouth

Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the universities of Texas and Plymouth, is one of the world’s most influential climate change scientists, having shown how butterflies and other species are affected by it across all continents. She is one of 18 US scientists moving to France to take up President Macron’s invitation of refuge after Donald Trump’s decision to cut science funding and withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris agreement.

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