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The Election Travesty in Wisconsin is a Wake-up Call for the Nation

As much as the denial of science is a hallmark of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, Wisconsin Republicans took things to a new level with their cynical decision to hold in-person voting in the midst of a deadly pandemic. As my scientist wife, Dr. Michelle Holmes, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, put it, “This isn’t just denial of science. This is pure exploitation of science.”

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Grand Haven pier extends into Lake Michigan, where average summer surface temperatures have risen markedly over recent decades. Photo: Rachel Kramer/Flickr

Great Lakes’ Great Changes: Temperatures Soar as the Climate Changes

Lake Michigan is not yet a hot tub, but the warming of this Great Lake gives you much to sweat about. Read more >

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Organic Farming is Growing (But Not Everywhere)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the results of its latest survey of organic farmers, and there’s good news. Organic farming is up nationally, with 12,818 farms generating $6.2 billion in certified organic product sales in 2015, up 13 percent from 2014. But the survey shows that all states aren’t pursuing organic farming equally. And one of the top organic states may surprise you. Read more >

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Twenty Years of Open Records Attacks

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

University of Minnesota environmental scientist Deborah Swackhamer studied toxaphene, a chemical once considered a promising replacement for DDT but eventually found to be quite toxic. But when Swackhamer joined a group of researchers exploring why there might be unusual concentrations of the chemical in the Great Lakes, the university received the largest open records request ever made in Minnesota. Read more >

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Seeking Stories of Abuse of Open Records Laws

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Have you or your university or government colleagues been targeted with intrusive federal or state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests? If so, I’d like to hear from you. Read more >

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