Harvard University has awarded $800,000 in grants to combat “global warming” after canceling three days of classes due to severe snowfall.

Harvard announced this morning it was funding seven of its affiliates for their “projects focusing on climate change” while also encouraging students to “prioritize academics over extracurricular commitments” after the school cancelled three days of classes in the past three weeks because of snow.

“Harvard has the capacity and responsibility to address the challenge of climate change boldly and with conviction,” a university statement said. “Shaping a more sustainable future, both on and off our campus, will depend on the insights of our scientists and engineers, as well as our experts across a wide range of disciplines.”

But in contrast, Harvard is also concerned the unprecedented number of snow days so far this semester is making it “difficult for students to stay focused on their academics.”

“With the snow days it’s going to be harder than ever,” Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman told the Harvard Crimson. “I think it’s a helpful reminder that developing some flexibility around organization meetings in order to get the extra class time in is helpful.”

“I think all of us can get very busy and forget really why we’re primarily here.”

The arctic weather affecting Harvard and the Northeast U.S. was the coldest the region has seen in decades, and some daily lows in the mid-Atlantic may even break records set in the late 19th century, according to Accuweather.

“This current push of arctic air is delivering air that is just as cold, or even colder than the air that brought subzero lows to the Midwest and Northeast during last weekend,” Brian Lada of Accuweather reported. “Millions will shiver from Chicago to New York City as record lows are challenged during this bitter blast.”

“Records may also fall across parts of the South where temperatures manage to fall into the teens and single digits.”

This hasn’t stopped climate change advocates from pushing their agenda to expand the size and scope of government to supposedly combat “global warming.”

“The single most important thing we face globally is the fact that we are heating the planet to a level that is never before been tried, while also trying to have human civilization,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on a Feb. 17 broadcast while the temperature outside his studio was in the low 20s.

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