Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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The diverse cast of the musical Hamilton address Vice president-elect Pence, "We are the diverse America" Hamilton Musical /Twitter

We Must Never Accept Racism and Misogyny

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

There may be many aspects of the political discourse in our country that are troubling. None more so than campaign rhetoric that appeals to racism and misogynyRead more >

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Houston, We Have a Problem: Still Fighting Against Environmental Injustice

Juan Parras, , UCS

As my dear friend Maria Jimenez often has stated, the story of the neighborhoods of Manchester and Galena Park in Houston are examples of environmental racism. And having read the recent report “Double Jeopardy in Houston” makes it perfectly clear that she is without a doubt correct in her remarks. Read more >

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Ebony Stadler, an intern doing scientific research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in June 2015. Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

An Open Letter to Federal Scientists in the Age of Trump

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to tell you that I have great respect for scientists working for our federal (and state, local and tribal) government, and I believe we need you now more than ever before. I am not alone in this conviction. I have many colleagues who feel the same, in academia, and in public interest advocacy organizations. We all depend on you to do our own work. Read more >

Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr
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Sweets for the Sweet? How to Lower Your Child’s Sugar Intake (and Why It Matters)

L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, , UCS

Who doesn’t love cookies, candy, cake, and ice cream? Soda, fruit juice, starch? They satisfy our brains’ pleasure and addiction centers. It’s even harder to limit our intake of sugar, as it is added to so many foods we eat. Why? It’s cheap and it sells. Just read all of your food labels for a real shock! Read more >

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Photo: Matthew Platt/CC BY-SA (Flickr)

Standing Strong for Science and Democracy

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This election raised the specter of backsliding on the critical progress we’ve made on climate change and other vital issues—but in no sense did the voters grant the new president a mandate to turn back the clock. Read more >

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