When a University of Florida Ph.D. candidate used the phrase “climate change” in her epidemiology dissertation, which examined how climate change in Florida had affected ciguatera — a deadly fish-borne disease that affects the nervous system — she and her co-author were informed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that they couldn’t use the words “climate change.” They substituted “climate variation.”

It’s unofficial, of course, and Florida’s Governor Rick Scott denies it (“I’m not a scientist,” he says), but Florida’s DEP — and even the state’s Department of Health — are apparently on orders from somewhere in Florida’s capitol not to use the words “global warming” or “climate change,” and it is even questionable as to whether “sea level rise” is acceptable.

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