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    The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting said that local authorities were 'amending' the ecological vocabulary by prohibiting such terms as 'climate change' and 'global warming'.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Florida officials imposed a gag order from using word combinations such as "climate change" and "global warming" on the state's environmental agency, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) revealed.

    In a report published Sunday, FCIR found that climate-related terms were blacklisted at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) memos, staff meetings, emails, as well as official reports. Instead, they were ordered to use "climate drivers" and "climate-driven changes" in their communication.

    "We were told not to use the terms 'climate change,' 'global warming' or 'sustainability'… That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel," Christopher Byrd, former FDEP attorney, was quoted as saying by the nonprofit organization.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott's and FDEP's press services both denied the existence of official policy imposing restrictions on the agency's vocabulary, however, FCIR conducted interviews with other former employees who confirmed the ban was distributed verbally.

    Scott was reelected to his second term in November 2014, when the Republican party swept into power during the midterm elections. Former FDEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr., who is believed to have imposed the gag order, resigned the following month after three years in office.

    Scott himself has on a number of occasions expressed skepticism about the existing evidence proving climate change.

    The issue of global warming is particularly critical in Florida, whose shores are expected by the United Nations and other organizations to vanish within the next three decades.

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    ecology, global warming, climate change, '1984', Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), Christopher Byrd, United States, Florida
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