political interference in science


NOAA and NASA Confirm: 2016 Is Warmest Year on Record.

, climate scientist

NASA and NOAA held a press conference today, where they confirmed what had been anticipated for a few months now: 2016 broke all records, and is officially the warmest year. Read more >

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The Congressional Review Act: A Radical Threat To Science

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Thanks to your support, UCS has had a lot of crucial victories to improve public health and protect the environment over the last few months. But because of an obscure, radical, and rarely used congressional trick called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), all of this is at risk. Read more >

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The Seven Senators Who Fought for Gun Violence Research During the Filibuster

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Yesterday, something remarkable happened in the United States Senate. Senator Chris Murphy (CT) led a filibuster on gun violence for nearly 15 hours. His goal? Get a vote on two gun safety measures. And in the process, he helped shine a light on an incredibly misguided ban on federal gun violence research that has been in place for twenty years. Read more >

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Testifying about Sustainability and the American Diet

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

The day before yesterday, together with my UCS colleagues Lindsey Haynes-Maslow and Deborah Bailin, I went to the National Institutes of Health to testify on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. This report, prepared by a committee of experts every five years, provides the basic information for federal food programs such as school lunches and SNAP (formerly called food stamps), and is used to create the official U.S. Dietary Guidelines that are the basis for the MyPlate graphics.

Lindsey, Deborah and I testified about different aspects of the DGAC report, and they have already put their testimony up on their blogs. Here is mine, which focuses on food sustainability issues such as the climate impacts of the American diet.
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Interfering in the Science: Congress Targets Sage Grouse Protections in Cromnibus Bill

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Lately, we’ve seen Congress target many things: Science funding at NSF, school lunch, and the EPA’s ability to function, but I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Congress target a bird. Read more >

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