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Thank a Government Scientist Today. Their Work—and Our Health and Safety—Is Under Attack.

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today President Trump signed an executive order mandating that for any new rule issued from an agency, two would have to be revoked. Such a proposal is absurd, illogical, and threatening to our public health and safety.

Last week, the Trump administration also issued a government-wide hiring freeze, instituted a far-reaching gag-order, and stopped the normal flow of grants and contracts issuance at federal agencies. All of these actions were major hindrances to government employees’ ability to do their jobs.

Actions like these affect us all. When it comes to science-based agencies and the scientists that work there, it is worth reminding ourselves of the crucial role they play in in our daily lives.

Here are six reasons you should thank a government scientist today: Read more >

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Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Upcoming Budget Fight

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

When it comes to Congress, we know that budgets are about more than just money. Back in April, I warned that we shouldn’t let the federal budget process become a playground for special interests. Basically, with little to no debate, policymakers will exploit the process and attempt to sneak in harmful, ideological provisions that undermine the use of science in the policymaking process and help rig the system for special interests. Read more >

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CDC’s Efforts to Combat Zika in Puerto Rico Hampered by a Legacy of Mistrust

, Kendall Science Fellow

Effectively combating emerging climate and health threats requires public trust in science and the scientific institutions charged with protecting us. When that trust is breached through negligence or outright malicious intent and the lives of people are compromised, public distrust grows, hurting the ability of public health agencies to protect us. Read more >

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Understanding the CDC’s New Report: What Are Diabetes Incidence and Prevalence?

, food systems & health analyst

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their latest report on diabetes in the United States. According to the report, new cases of diabetes declined by 20 percent between 2008 and 2014. However, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States is still at an all-time sugar high. Since the 1980s, diabetes rates have more than quadrupled and approximately 9.3 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes. So how can one statistic be declining (new cases) and the other be rising? Read more >

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No Shutdown For Now, But What Effect Does Budget Uncertainty Have On Government Scientists?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Two years ago this week, Washington, DC was a ghost town.  With federal employees furloughed and millions of workdays disrupted, the streets were eerily quiet and Americans were deprived of the Panda Cam.  But there were bigger consequences. Read more >

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