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Florida's governor prefers that terms like "global warming" and "climate change" not be used in official communications. (Photo: Jillian Cain/Shutterstock)

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.”

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