- A worm-like creature that can’t see has been named Dermophis donaldtrumpi after President Donald Trump.
- The amphibian lives underground, something the company that named it said was not unlike Trump’s habit of burying his head in the sand when it comes to the effects of climate change.
- Trump has repeatedly dismissed the effects of climate change, at times contradicting the findings of his own administration.
A worm-like creature that lives underground was named after President Donald Trump because of his attitude toward climate change.
EnviroBuild, a company that makes sustainable building materials, paid $US25,000 to name the limbless amphibian Dermophis donaldtrumpi as part of a fundraiser for the Rainforest Trust, a nonprofit conservation group.
Aidan Bell, EnviroBuild’s cofounder, said in a statement on Tuesday that for Trump, “burrowing” his head underground helps him “when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change” and appointing energy lobbyists to the Environmental Protection Agency, “where their job is to regulate the energy industry.”
As Dermophis donaldtrumpi “is an amphibian,” Bell said, “it 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.”
“EnviroBuild is not an overtly political organisation, but we do feel very strongly that everyone should do everything they can to leave the world in a better way than they found it,” he added.
The company also shared an edited image of the creature with Trump-like hair on its head.
The creature was recently discovered, Bell said, and the name still has to undergo a peer review, “something that biologists EnviroBuild have spoken to had stressed the importance of, but multiple species are named after Presidents, and this amphibian will soon join the vulnerable list.”
It is not the first creature named after Trump. In early 2017, a small moth with yellowish-white scales that look like hair was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.
Trump on climate change
In November, Trump said he didn’t believe the findings of his own administration’s report on the effects of climate change and the economic impact it is predicted to have on the US.
The report’s findings were dire, including that the average temperature could increase by as much as 11 degrees by the end of this century.
The president also contradicted the scientific consensus on climate change when he said earlier that year that he believes it could reverse on its own.
He has also diminished the impact of humans on the planet.
“We do have an impact, but I don’t believe the impact is nearly what some scientists say, and other scientists dispute those findings very strongly,” he said in November.
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