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On Mental Health and Guns, Experts Ordered Not to Contradict President Trump’s Lies

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

As people searched for answers around the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prevented its scientists from posting relevant research about guns, violence, and mental health on social media. According to the Washington Post, which broke the story, the orders came in the wake of the president’s incorrect suggestion that mental illness leads to mass shootings. Read more >

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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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UPDATED: 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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Maunakea and the Need to Indigenize Astronomy

Hilding Neilson , UCS

I am told by Hawaiians that Maunakea is sacred. I am not sure I understand what that means, I am not Hawaiian, I am an outsider. Read more >

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Calor fatal en cada distrito de congreso: Nuevo mapa y 433 fichas informativas que muestran lo que está en juego

, senior climate scientist

Un nuevo mapa interactivo de Union of Concerned Scientists le deja explorar cómo se pronostica que el calentamiento global va a aumentar la frecuencia y la severidad del calor extremo en su distrito de congreso. Con esta herramienta, podrá descargar fichas informativas en español o inglés que muestran los riesgos que enfrenta su distrito. Read more >

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How Cereal Companies and Consumers Can Make Breakfast Better

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

What’s for breakfast? Maybe it’s a bagel and cream cheese, or toast and coffee, or eggs (or not). For millions of Americans, though, cereal is a breakfast mainstay. There’s a mind-boggling array of ready-to-eat cereal brands on offer, and everyone has their favorites.

But what really goes into your cereal of choice? What impact does that have on the planet? What can cereal-makers—and those of us who buy their products—do to lessen that impact? These are questions UCS asked in a new report, Champions of Breakfast: How Cereal-Makers Can Help Save Our Soil, Support Farmers, and Take a Bite out of Climate Change.

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The Other Existential Threat: Nuclear Weapons & the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Recent polling shows that in key primary states, including New Hampshire and Iowa, over 80% of respondents want to know what candidates think about nuclear weapons. Read more >

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The US Supreme Court Turns its Back on Democracy

, president

With this decision, the court sanctioned an insidious practice in which politicians pick their voters, rather than the other way around. Read more >

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Chevron Earns Shareholder Distrust on Climate Action

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

At the end of last month, I attended the Chevron Annual Meeting. While this year’s meeting received significantly less attention than the ExxonMobil meeting, where attendees had to pass a 100-foot-long banner on the climate crisis, or the BP meeting, where some attendees staged a crime scene in the middle of the CEO’s opening remarks, Chevron did not escape activist pressure. And despite its efforts to keep a low profile about its meeting, Chevron faced shareholder discontent over its dedication to climate inaction. Here’s my take on the end of a proxy season in which oil and gas company decisionmakers showed why two-thirds of people in the US distrust fossil fuel companies. Read more >

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5 Ways the Trump Administration Will Eviscerate Science and Undermine Climate Action in New “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

, Senior Energy analyst

This week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize carbon pollution standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. Here are five attacks on science we’ll be on the lookout for as the administration attempts to subvert facts and evidence and arrive at a stunning reprieve for polluters. Read more >

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Let’s Stop Letting Minority Rule Give Us Science Fiction Abortion Laws

, Kendall Science Fellow

Missouri is still set to become the first state in over 45 years to not offer abortion as a part of healthcare. Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi have recently joined other states in not only limiting access to abortion (relying on misinformation), but also challenging its constitutionality. This is the latest phase of an anti-abortion strategy based on pseudoscience, which began after 2010, when conservative forces swept into power in numerous state legislatures. Since then, hundreds of restrictions on abortion have been passed, ranging from extended waiting periods, insurance restrictions and restrictions on clinics and doctors, to these more recent bills that ban abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. 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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