attacks on science


Nine Trendy Words for the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a blog called the ABC’s of Sidelining Science by the Trump Administration because there were so many examples of this administration’s disregard for scientific process and evidence that I could readily/easily fill out the alphabet. I thought of updating my alphabet-of-wrongdoing at the end of 2019, but then thought it would be more helpful/interesting/etc. to instead utilize a great resource that Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, put online called “Trending Words in the News.” While these are cool words that appear in news stories, my intent is to use them in descriptions of recent science-related actions by the Administration. Read more >

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Keeping Up With Scientific Integrity: July-September 2019

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

Nearly three years into the Trump administration, we’ve seen so many attacks on science—as well some spirited defenses of it—that it can be hard to remember all that’s occurred. To help us all stay on top of fast-moving situations, I’m starting a new project: quarterly updates on scientific integrity actions. The somewhat belated update for the third quarter of 2019 is below, and future editions will also appear on this blog. Read more >

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Original work by Laurel Raymond

Introducing Federal Scientist (now under the Trump administration) Barbie™!

, Research scientist

For 60 years, Barbie has inspired children of all ages to grow up and become whatever they want to be: an astronaut, a journalist, or even a mechanic! Now there’s a barbie to inspire the next generation of scientists who want to work in the government and attempt to make a difference in the world. Introducing federal scientist Barbie! Read more >

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AP Photo/David Goldman

Report: When the Trump Administration Sidelines Science, Underserved Communities Face the Worst Consequences

, Research Analyst

As a public health researcher and a woman of color, I am acutely aware that in the United States some people live in communities which are afforded more science-based protections, allowing them to breath cleaner air, drink cleaner water, eat more nutritious food, and work at safer workplaces. And some people live in communities which are not afforded these protections. Read more >

AP Photo/David Goldman
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Particulate matter (PM) is extremely diverse, and comes from many sources. It ranges in sizes from a few nanometers to a few microns, both of which are far smaller than anything seen by the naked eye. Source: EPA

Particulate Matter Air Pollution: Here’s Why The Facts Matter

Rick Peltier, associate professor, , UCS

Extra deaths in the US caused by particulate matter are in the range of 30,000-80,000 per year. That’s more deaths per year than from car accidents and gun deaths combined. Read more >

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