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The EPA is removing climate change information from its website

The changes reflect new direction under President Donald Trump.
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Soon you'll no longer find information about climate change from the government.

The Environmental Protection Agency is updating its website and scrapping some data about climate change, greenhouse gases, and other scientific information.

news release posted to the site Friday evening says the changes "reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt."

“We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law," J.P. Freire, Associate Administrator for Public Affairs said in the release.

Here's the first page to be updated – it's about President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence, which calls for a review of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

You can still view how the page looked under the Obama administration in an archive. The EPA says a screenshot of the last administration’s website will remain available from the main page.

The Washington Post says scientific explanations of climate change and its causes and consequences has been listed on the EPA's website in "one form or another" since 1997.

Some environmentalists are concerned about the changes. Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a nonprofit that tracks government and science websites, noted that the climate change information was taken down only a day before tens of thousands of protesters marched in Washington and across the country to protest Trump's policies on climate change.

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