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150 attacks on science and counting: Trump administration’s anti-science actions hurt people and communities nationwide

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, […]

August 3rd

7 stress-free ways to have an eco-friendly pregnancy

Today, pregnant women are bombarded with advertisements about stretch mark creams, maternity workout gear, prenatal teas and a never-ending list of necessary baby gear. For eco-conscious mamas, the constant stream of consumerism can be overwhelming. By Emily Folk Having an eco-friendly pregnancy doesn’t require expensive hand-sewn maternity wear, organic superfoods or costly makeup. There are […]

August 3rd

Women in Science: Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. […]

August 1st

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

August 1st

Green technology could prevent soil erosion

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? That massive hole in the ground is the result of millions of years of erosion — water washing away layer after layer of rock until an enormous canyon formed. This landform is a dramatic example of erosion. On a smaller scale, substances like soil are also susceptible to […]

July 30th

The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower. Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexander Bills, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shashank Sripad, Carnegie Mellon University […]

July 27th

Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn’t need to be partisan

Harley-Davidson is one of the most iconic brands in the world. Harley-Davidson, however, doesn’t sell motorcycles – it sells a lifestyle. Look at any Harley-Davidson advertisement and you will see someone riding the open road. The Harley-Davidson brand is about freedom. Attitude. Living by your own rules. Todd Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Conversation A […]

July 26th

A brief (and frustrating) history of the carbon footprint

I’ve long fretted about the personal change/system change debate, worried that the weight was unevenly born by individuals even though I strongly believe the former is a necessary catalyst for the latter. But maybe I’m J.K. Rowling-level wrong. Maybe we can skip the skipping straws and go straight to table-flipping the system. At least, that’s how I […]

July 25th

Heat waves, wildfire & permafrost thaw: The Arctic’s climate change trifecta

The Arctic Circle became unbelievably hot on June 20. In the Russian community of Verkhoyansk, temperatures topped 38C, marking what may be the highest air temperature ever recorded within the Arctic. A wildfire burns outside Fairbanks, Alaska, after a lightning strike. (Catherine Dieleman), Author provided Catherine Dieleman, University of Guelph The Conversation The temperatures at […]

July 23rd

War on Science: EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health

The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as the “secret science” rule because it would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order […]

July 22nd

Bill Nye: We are failing a national test of science literacy

The United States is facing two massive threats — climate change and the coronavirus — that we cannot solve without science. One is playing out slowly, over decades, growing inexorably worse as we continue to burn fossil fuels. The other is advancing rapidly, exacting a grim toll in human lives, as we fail to contain […]

July 20th

Dr James Hansen – Every rock has a story (and The Rock Whisperer)

Children should be introduced to our remarkable planet while young, when their curiosity is easily stoked.  If you have young ones ready to sit still for 6-9 minutes, I heartily recommend the series Every Rock Has a Story by Boston College Prof. Ethan Baxter.  It is wonderful for inspiring wonder and curiosity, and for introducing the scientific method, […]

July 20th