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Deadly Shooting at California Synagogue—Where is the Gun Violence Research, CDC?

, Research Analyst

This weekend I learned that my hometown of Poway, California, a sleepy suburban city just north of San Diego, was the location of a violent shooting at a Jewish synagogue. A 19-year old walked into a synagogue armed with an AR-type assault rifle and began firing on Jewish people who were gathered to observe the last day of Passover. Read more >

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After Pittsburgh, Thousand Oaks, Will New Congress Push for Gun Safety Research?

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

My colleagues and I have written extensively in the past on gun violence and need to remove barriers for federal research. We have seen some progress, with Congress clarifying this past spring that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may pursue research on gun violence prevention. Previously, legislative language in spending bills (known as the Dickey Amendment) had effectively banned the CDC from researching gun violence since 1996. Gun violence is a public health issue, and as with all public health issues, it requires scientific evidence to build the most effective policies to protect people. But is that research actually happening now? We need to ensure that it is. Read more >

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Damien Jones, the equity and justice outreach specialist for the Climate and Energy Program at the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC.

Tell Secretary Alex Azar: We Need to Demand Equitable Gun Violence Research and Reform

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

It has been only six weeks since last I wrote about gun violence in America, following the Parkland shooting that took seventeen lives and impacted a nation. In that time there have been 22 more mass shootings, at least 10 of them at schools. The number of deaths by guns in 2018 is at 3,423, and we’re only 89 days into the year—that’s about 38 human lives lost per day. In that time, hundreds of thousands of people have voiced their outrage and concerns over our country’s inaction around gun violence, as we witnessed at last weekend’s March for Our Lives. Read more >

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WIN: Congress Cracks Open Door for Gun Violence Research to Resume

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Just three days before the March for Our Lives, Congress has opened the door for federal research into gun violence to resume. In a spending bill to provide funding for the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year, Congress has clarified that the CDC is able to pursue research to help stop gun violence. Read more >

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The Disturbing Facts of Gun Violence Research in the US

, executive director

Gun violence is a public health crisis. The evidence and data are clear. Why is gun violence research effectively banned at our nation’s public health agency? Read more >

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3 preguntas y respuestas sobre la energía solar: ¿qué?, ¿por qué?, y ¿cómo?

, energy analyst

Ver la energía del sol siendo aprovechada para producir electricidad a través de páneles solares es algo que encuentro profundamente fascinante. El sol es una fuente inagotable de energía, y su uso para producir electricidad proporciona múltiples beneficios, desde generación de empleos, estabilización de e incluso ahorros en la factura de electricidad para sus consumidores, y mejoras en la salud y el medio ambiente porque es una fuente de energía limpia.

Mas, ¿de qué se trata esta tecnología? ¿Cuáles son sus beneficios? Y, ¿cómo podemos tener acceso a ella? ¡Acá les cuento!

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CDC Scientists Plea to Congress: Let Us Research Gun Violence

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

This past Wednesday, our nation bore witness as another gun-related tragedy unfolded, this time at a high school. Seventeen people were shot and killed, more than two dozen others wounded at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida after a heavily armed, former student of the school brazenly opened fire on unsuspecting, innocent teachers and pupils. There have been 290 school shootings since 2013, 1,333 mass shootings since 2014, and 56,755 deaths by guns since 2014– yet our government does not deem gun violence to be a public health concern worth researching. We must support scientists to do the necessary work that would shed light on how to protect the public. How many firearm casualties must there be to justify use of federal investment for research into the safety of this country’s residents?

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Congress must address gun violence safety

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Over the next few weeks, as Congress works to finalize a spending bill for the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, and as it begins work on a spending bill for the 2019 fiscal year, there is one concrete thing that our elected officials can do to move the ball in the right direction. Congress must lift the ban restricting gun violence research and fund critical work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more >

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Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, “Galileo before the Holy Office” (1847)
Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, “Galileo before the Holy Office” (1847)

The Inquisition Congress, Abetted by Trump, Has Begun

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The increasingly reckless House of Representatives, caught up in a public mutiny, may have walked back its abandonment of congressional ethics. But it simultaneously took several other steps that will enable corruption and greatly expand political influence over the work of experts at NASA, NOAA, EPA, and other science agencies, compromising their ability to serve the public interest. 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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Surprising Research on Bicycle Helmet Laws — and Why It Matters for Gun Research

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

An article in The Atlantic on Friday discussed the importance of bicycle helmets. It also discussed recent research around the effectiveness of helmet laws, and different ideas that people have around mandatory helmet use based on that research. That makes me think about research around guns. Say what? Let me explain. Read more >

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Restrictions on Gun Violence Research Are on the White House’s Radar

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Since I last wrote about the need to end federal restrictions on gun violence research, the chorus calling for such a move has become larger and significantly louder. Read more >

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Science, Guns, and Democracy

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Slate.com is using crowdsourcing to tally the deaths from gun violence since the December 14 Newtown shooting. It’s an interesting approach, and makes clear that people are hungry for data about this issue. To reduce gun violence in the United States, we need good scientific research that points us in the right direction. But as I outlined today in an opinion piece on CNN.com, Congress continues to work to prevent government research related to firearms.  Read more >

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PREPA’s Agreement is Terrible for Puerto Rico

, energy analyst

A new agreement on Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) debt represents a major setback for the future of the island. Read more >

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Acuerdo de Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica Es Pésimo Para Puerto Rico

, energy analyst

Un nuevo acuerdo sobre la deuda de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) de Puerto Rico representa un gran retroceso para el futuro de la isla. Read more >

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The Science Denial is Crystal Clear: The EPA Ignores Scientists on Asbestos

, Research Analyst

We ignore scientists at our peril. Why doesn’t the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get this?

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EPA’s Plan to Ignore Co-Benefits will Cost American Lives

People who can afford to live in their most-desired neighborhood often select it for the primary reasons of convenience, cleanliness, and quiet. Those features come with what environmental scientists call social, economic, and environmental “co-benefits.”

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Legislation to Modernize the California Public Records Act Improves, Advances

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

UCS-supported legislation to modernize the California Public Records Act (CPRA) advanced through the California Assembly Judiciary Committee earlier this month, and will soon be heard by Assembly Appropriations. Assembly Bill 700 is intended to preserve the ability of researchers at public universities to pursue highly policy-relevant research without being harassed and attacked by companies and activists who are threatened by their work. The legislation has sparked spirited, productive, highly interesting conversations about how to protect researchers while also allowing for full accountability for public institutions and their staff. Read more >

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Science and Transparency: Harms to the Public Interest from Harassing Public Records Requests

Donald R. Smith , UCS

In my work as a professor and researcher in the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I investigate the basic mechanisms underlying how exposure to toxic metals contribute to cellular effects and disease. My lab explores how exposures to environmental toxins, such as lead, manganese, and arsenic can cause or contribute to the development of diseases in humans. For example, some neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative disorders, such as learning deficits and Parkinsonism have been linked to elevated lead and manganese exposures in children and manganese exposures in adults, respectively. Read more >

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El progreso de la energía limpia, en un gráfico sencillo e inspirador

, Senior energy analyst

Las noticias sobre el calentamiento global pueden ser alarmantes, y algunas presentaciones visuales son particularmente efectivas para transmitir las malas noticias. A pesar de lo serio que es el cambio climático, sin embargo, es importante recordar que tenemos respuestas serias. Un nuevo gráfico sobre el progreso de la energía eólica y solar en los Estados Unidos ayuda a evidenciarlas claramente. Read more >

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines

, Lead science and policy analyst

My experience of being pregnant and having a baby in modern times has meant getting conflicting advice from the different sources I consulted, specifically surrounding nutrition. How is it so difficult to find what the body of evidence says about these simple questions that parents have had since the dawn of time? That’s why I’m very excited that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be examining scientific questions specific to this population that will inform the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines. Read more >

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How the Green New Deal Can Unify Rather than Divide Us

, president

The key is to define the Green New Deal before the caricatures stick, by showing that, while it is ambitious, it is realistic and affordable. Read more >

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The Youth Climate Strike in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2019

Inspiration, Humility, Hope, and Sadness: Reflections on the Youth Climate Strike

, director of strategy & policy

Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of students in the United States and around the world were out in the streets rather than in their classrooms, demanding that our political leaders address the climate crisis with the urgency and focused action that the science so clearly demands. Read more >

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Bury the Science, Then Claim It Doesn’t Exist: Interior Department Undermines Arctic Drilling Review

, Senior Fellow

Documents released this this week indicate that the Interior Department failed to consider internal memos from staff scientists raising scientific and environmental concerns about proposed oil and gas operations in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. These were not minor concerns; the memos described significant data gaps for understanding the area’s habitat. Read more >

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En la conferencia ANDREC 2018 con líderes de la industria de energía renovable en las Américas. De izquierda a derecha: Natalia Gomez (Light4Education), Monica Gasta (SER Colombia), María Urrea (MEICO), Olga de Narvaez (IADB), Cristina Clavijo (Mujeres en Energía Renovable Latinoamérica), Paula García (UCS), Carolina García (Bavaria)

3 Cifras Claves Sobre la Participación de la Mujer en la Energía Renovable

, energy analyst

A más de un siglo de su primera celebración y a casi medio siglo que la ONU invitara a los Estados a declarar el Día Internacional de los Derechos de la Mujer, ¿cómo ha avanzado la participación de la mujer en la creciente industria de energía renovable? Read more >

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