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Francesca Grifo

About the author: Francesca Grifo is an expert on political interference in science and practices to ensure transparency and integrity at the intersection of science and policy. In addition, Dr. Grifo has more than 30 years of experience in environmental issues including biodiversity conservation, environmental education and global change and human health. She holds a Ph.D. in botany. Subscribe to Francesca's posts

Science Advocates Tell PCAST to Engage on Scientific Integrity

Today, along with four others, I testified before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, popularly known as PCAST. The topic: the administration’s failure to follow the law and allow over-the-counter access to Plan B emergency contraception. Read More

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On Scientific Integrity, NOAA Succeeds; Now, It’s Time for the White House to Lead

The scientific integrity policy released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration makes today a great day for science at the agency—but it also signals that the White House and Congress must do more to address bigger, government-wide scientific integrity challenges. Read More

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When Trying to Create Jobs, a Focus on Regulation is Misplaced

This morning’s Washington Post has an important article that highlights what we’ve been pointing out for months: science-based government regulations, many of which are put forward to protect our health and safety, have minimal impact on the nation’s ability to grow or lose jobs. Read More

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OSTP Breaks Silence on Scientific Integrity Policies

In a blog post yesterday, White House Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren announced that all relevant federal agencies and departments must submit “final draft [scientific integrity] policies” to the White House by December 17, 2011. Read More

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A Case Study in Scientific Integrity: The Science Behind Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

Last week, the administration delayed the release of a proposed rule on the regulation of global warming emissions from power plants. This came on the heels of a decision to withdraw a science-based standard for ground-level ozone pollution. Read More

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Ten Years Later: A Breath of Fresh Air?

Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. In this time of tribute to the fallen, we also recognize the survivors. So I asked UCS public health expert Heidi Moline to look back on what happened that day, with a focus on those who are still dealing with major chronic illness that could have been prevented. Read More

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Scientific Integrity at the EPA and NSF

The Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists was started because it was just too easy for federal decision makers to use science as a screen to hide policies based on ideology and the influence of special interests. Manipulated and suppressed scientific information and censored scientists removed the barriers to justify the policies they wanted to put forward. Read More

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