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Man on beach with head in the sand.

Burying Their Heads in the Sand: 11 Times the Trump Administration Quashed Scientific Studies and Data

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

One of the tactics that the Trump administration uses to get science out of the way of their policymaking decisions is to bury it and pretend like it never existed. This is quite problematic because science-based decisionmaking is ineffective when it doesn’t use…well, science. By trashing the most up-to-date studies and data that could help inform our governments’ science-based decisions, this administration is literally putting people’s lives on the line. Read more >

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Satellites, Storm Surge, and Sandy: The Need for Science to Inform Our Coastal Planning

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The following is an accurate description of Sandy, the superstorm that tore through the northeastern United States almost one year ago:

Sandy slammed into the New Jersey Coast Monday night, bringing very heavy rain and damaging winds to the region. Read more >

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EPA’s Remarkable New Air Pollution Monitors (I’m like a Kid in a Candy Store)

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

To a scientist, having new data to study is like a child having a new candy store to explore. With the EPA’s release of new air pollution rules, I’ve just learned of the Willy Wonka Factory of data in my field of study. The rules require new air quality monitors near major roadways in US cities. The new data will ultimately help us better protect from harmful air pollutants the millions of Americans who live, work, and play close to major roads.

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Preparing for Our Future: The Need for Monitoring and Data Collection

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week I attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy conference with this year’s theme of “Preparing for our Future.” The second annual conference seeks to bridge the gap between science and policy (a mission UCS strongly believes in). I learned a lot of new information about policy on diverse scientific topics—from ocean acidification to carbon sequestration to asteroids impacting Earth—but one thing I learned really took me by surprise. Read more >

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