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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Shake, Rattle, and Rainout: Federal Support for Disaster Research

Joyce Levine, PhD, AICP, , UCS

Hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes are simply natural events—until humans get in their way. The resulting disasters are particularly devastating in urban areas, due to high concentrations of people and property. Losses from disasters have risen steadily over the past five decades, thanks to increased populations and urban development in high-hazard areas, particularly the coasts. There is also significant evidence that climate change is making weather-related events more frequent and more severe as well. As a result, it is more critical than ever that natural hazards research is being incorporated into emergency planning decisions. Read more >

Graphic: NOAA
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5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, Senator Rob Portman introduced his version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a bill that would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. A version of this inherently flawed, impractical proposal has been floating around Washington for nearly seven years now, and the latest, S. 951, is just as troubling as previous iterations. Read more >

Photo: James Gathany, CDC
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What Does Scott Gottlieb’s Leadership Mean for Scientific Integrity at the FDA?

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Later this afternoon the Senate will vote to confirm Scott Gottlieb as the next U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. What does this mean for scientists and science-based policymaking at the FDA? His conflicts of interest are certainly an indication that the pharmaceutical industry will benefit more from his tenure than Americans’ health. Read more >

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Advisory Committee Shakeup Targets Independent Science and Scientists

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

There is a full-on assault afoot to strip away the independence of science advisory committees at several government agencies. Read more >

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An estimated 200,000 people participated in the Peoples Climate March in DC on April 29, 2017. Photo: UCS/Audrey Eyring

What’s Next After the Peoples Climate March? Riding the Momentum and Bringing It Home

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

An estimated 200,000 people turned out in Washington, DC on April 29 to show their anger and resolve for US climate action. So now what’s next? Read more >

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