science-based decision making


Don’t Let Them Fool You: Disinformation Is Not an Accident.

, climate scientist

I recently appeared in a video made by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The video, where I talk about climate science communication, is part of a series on “Countering Science Misinformation.” While recording it, I realized that, while misinformation is the most common type of falsehood in science around us, disinformation is also a common presence, and unlike misinformation, it can have much more serious and deliberate consequences. Read more >

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A National Academy of Sciences Conversation on Rebuilding Federal Science Workforce

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last month, I had the honor of participating in the National Academy of Sciences’ 158th Annual Meeting in a session led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), entitled “Rebuilding the Federal Science Workforce.” The session focused on key priority of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ advocacy to the Biden White House: Building federal science capacity. Read more >

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Astrid Caldas speaking at AAAS Stand Up for Science Rally in Feb. 2017 at Boston Copley Square Anthony Eyring/UCS

Who Wants to Learn More about Climate Change? All Kinds of People!

, climate scientist

Some Earth Day 2021 reflections on my work in climate science and advocacy. Read more >

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President Biden’s Science Policies Are…Good, Actually. And That’s Worth Celebrating.

David Shiffman, marine conservation biologist, , UCS

As an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, I spent a lot of time thinking about the proper role of science in advising and informing government decisionmaking. While scientists don’t know everything and science can’t solve every problem, relying on expertise and evidence to inform decisionmaking generally results in better outcomes than just making up nonsense. When science and expertise is ignored, marginalized, or mocked, when experts are threatened rather than listened to, well…. *gestures around at the current state of the country after the last four years*. Read more >

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A New Day for Science: President Biden’s Big Plan for Scientific Integrity And What Comes Next

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, the Biden Administration releases a presidential memo on scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking, setting the stage for the administration’s efforts to build back from the Trump administration’s unprecedented assault on science and strengthen protections for science and scientists across the government. This is big and it puts science on the agenda like never before. Here’s my take on today’s bold actions and what we should watch in the coming months and years. Read more >

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