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Rising sea levels are already a threat to coastal historic buildings and the communities they anchor in places like Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Photo: Octavio Abruto/iLCP

I’m Marching for the Same Reason Preservationists Have Always Marched—to Save Places and the Communities They Anchor

Andrew Potts

As a historic preservationist, I often find myself in common cause with my nature conservation colleagues. So I took note last year when the International Union for the Conservation of Nature adopted a startlingly blunt message:  The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. Species are becoming extinct at unprecedented rates. Our climate is in crisis. This is the moment to get it right, they said, but our window of opportunity is closing.   Read more >

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Is No Place Safe? Climate Change Denialists Seek to Sway Science Teachers

Ann Reid

The Heartland Institute–an organization that denies climate change–has launched a misinformation campaign targeting school teachers. Across the U.S. teachers received a misleading booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” (sic). At the National Center for Science Education, we have almost three decades of experience helping teachers, parents, and students facing anti-science rhetoric in the classroom. Here is how we’re advising science teachers to explain why using these materials in any science classroom would be a terrible idea. Read more >

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Two for One: A Very Bad Deal for Our Nation

David Friedman

Imagine you are in the market for a new car. You are excited to buy one with a new technology that will warn you of an imminent crash so you have enough time to hit the brakes to save your son’s or daughter’s life and your own. The car salesman tells you that to get that one new feature, you have to give up two others, brakes and seat belts. The President’s “two-for-one” executive order created this situation for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and every other agency responsible for protecting American’s health and safety. Read more >

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Who’s Marching for Science—and Why? Here Are 15 Answers

Alexander Zwissler

While science and its impacts on beliefs and our world will always be the subject of debate, in general it has been accepted that the scientists themselves should largely stay on the sidelines. The recent election has triggered a reevaluation of this norm. Read more >

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Four Economic Errors that Cause Environmental Problems (and How to Correct Them)

Geoffrey Heal

Our dependence on nature runs deep. There is no denying that a pristine environment improves our health, lengthens our lives, and makes us more productive. Yet in our lifetimes catastrophic environmental change will occur because of four basic, correctable errors in the design of our economic systems. Read more >

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