Science policy


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The Lashto Fish Farm, Toucan Carré, Haiti. Photo: NRG Energy, Inc.

Breaking Down Barriers: Publishing Open Access Science for Sustainability

Anne Kapuscinski, , UCS

In my new role of Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), I had the great honor of joining UCS’ delegation at the Paris COP21 climate meeting last December. A clear message from Paris was that we must rapidly transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient society. Scientists at the recent 1.5 Degrees Conference at Oxford University, co-sponsored by UCS, underscored the magnitude of the challenge. And, on Food Day, my public conversation with Michael Pollan at Dartmouth mentioned that agroecology research shows a clear opportunity to help transition our nation’s food system to sustainability, a goal of Plate of the Union. Read more >

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Have We Restored Science to its Rightful Place?—The Scientific Integrity Memo Turns Four Years Old

, former science policy fellow

Four years ago tomorrow, President Obama signed a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on scientific integrity. He asked the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to confer with them – specifically calling out the Office of Management and Budget – and recommend a plan to achieve the highest level of integrity. Read more >

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Obama, Romney Answer Questions on Science Policy Through Science Debate

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Just a few moments ago, Science Debate released responses from President Obama and Governor Romney to fourteen questions related to science and technology policy that are well worth a read. Each presidential candidate was given the opportunity to articulate his science and technology priorities and how he would use science to inform public policy decisions.

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