The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations’ politicization of science around contraceptives. Read more >
October 11, 2017 10:56 AM EDT
Much to Grouse About: Interior Department Calls for Changes That Could Threaten Sage Grouse Protection
October 6, 2017 9:39 AM EDT
That the current administration places very little value on the merit of robust scientific evidence when considering its actions (or inactions) is no longer shocking, but it remains an intolerable practice. In this week’s episode of “How is the Trump Administration Dismantling Science-Based Protections?”, we visit the Interior Department’s decision to formally reconsider a widely heralded Obama-era agreement for protections of the greater sage grouse in the West.
Conferences and Condors: UCS Unveils a New Toolkit for Scientists Engaging on the Endangered Species Act
August 4, 2017 12:23 PM EDT
Hundreds of ecologists will flock to the west coast next week as the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting convenes in Portland, Oregon. I will be speaking there, armed with our newly released guide, Advancing Science in the Endangered Species Act: A Toolkit for Scientists.
July 20, 2017 12:02 AM EDT
When the EPA was established in 1970 by Richard Nixon, there was no mandate to examine why toxic landfills were more often placed near low-income, Black, Latino, immigrant, and Native American communities than in more affluent, white neighborhoods. Nor was there much recognition that communities closer to toxic landfills, refineries, and industrial plants often experienced higher rates of toxics-related illnesses, like cancer and asthma.
June 23, 2017 2:24 PM EDT
It is not exactly a secret that these are challenging times for both science and democracy in the US. From attacks on science and science-based policies, to the increasing body of evidence that we may not be able to count on the federal government to protect public health and safety, the days are long, and not just because of the summer solstice. Read more >