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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Recordings Reveal The EPA Head’s Strange Christian Beliefs About God, Guns And Gay Rights

Pruitt made those staggering remarks and others in a series of interviews with an Oklahoma talk radio station in 2005, according to Politico, which obtained the tapes from an anonymous source. In the interviews, Pruitt condemns evolution as an unproven “theory” that is at the base of humanism.

March 4, 2018

Mars Hopes To Genetically Engineer Chocolate To Save It

The persnickety cacao plant contains seeds that are the vital ingredient in chocolate. But the plant only grows in narrow bands of land in the rainforest, where the weather stays relatively wet and humid the whole year. Climate change is projected to alter this habitat so drastically in the next 40 years that cacao won’t grow there, according to a report by Business Insider.

January 3, 2018

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017

Anti-Science Climate Deniers Taking Over EPA Science Advisory Board

A third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, an influential panel that reviews the science the agency uses in formulating safeguards, could be succeeded by climate science-denying, polluter-friendly replacements when their terms expire at the end of this month.

October 2, 2017

How Many More ‘500-Year Storms’ Will People Endure Before They Start Abandoning Coastal Cities?

People love living near the coast. Only two of the world’s top 10 biggest cities—Mexico City and Sáo Paulo—are not coastal. The rest— Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Lagos, Los Angeles, Calcutta and Buenos Aires—are. Around half of the world’s 7.5 billion people live within 60 miles of a coastline, with about 10 percent of the population living in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters (32 feet) above sea level.

September 28, 2017

Jane Goodall: Trump Is Just Like An Aggressive Chimp

Primatologist Jane Goodall has made her name studying chimpanzees for over half a century. So, if anyone can deduce a distinct correlation between a brash chimp and the egoistic hubris of, say, the president of the United States, it’s Goodall.

September 24, 2017

Why Didn’t Hurricane Irma Kill More Americans? Thank The Meteorologists

Hurricane Irma, which collided with Florida over the weekend, was in a similar league as those storms in its sheer power, and the number of people living in vulnerable areas has only grown. So how has the number of deaths — in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as of Monday night — remained in single digits?

September 13, 2017

Three Hurricanes Set To Pummel Americas Over Weekend

The three hurricanes—Category 4 Irma, Category 4 Jose and Category 2 Katia—are swirling and wreaking havoc along their distinct paths. Both Irma and Jose are moving up the eastern Atlantic Ocean, with Irma already causing destruction in the northern Lesser Antilles and Jose expected to do the same over the weekend.

September 9, 2017

So Far, ABC And NBC Are Failing To Note The Link Between Harvey And Climate Change

Since it made landfall last Friday, Harvey, which has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, has brought massive devastation to southeast Texas. By Tuesday, Harvey had already become the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. The storm brought so much rainfall that the National Weather Service had to add new colors to its weather maps to represent Harvey’s deluge. An early estimate of the storm’s cost stands at $190 billion, which would make it the nation’s “costliest natural disaster.”

September 2, 2017
Richard Dawkins

The Dangerous Delusions Of Richard Dawkins

The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited offensive remarks Dawkins has made about Islam. Dawkins and his followers have claimed these were taken out of context and that he’s been equally critical of Christianity.

August 6, 2017

Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary Or Just A Scare?

“We know drinking modestly raises the risk of breast cancer,” she said. But “it is widely believed that moderate drinking is associated with better heart health and longer life expectancy. And we know that almost half of American women die of heart/vascular causes, whereas about 3 percent die of breast cancer.”

July 7, 2017
global warming

Corrected Satellite Data Shows 2.4 Times Faster Warming Than Previously Indicated

New findings could throw (another) huge wrench in the workings of climate denier rhetoric. After correcting for an error in satellite data acquisition, scientists report not only that global warming taking place in the lower atmosphere – but that it’s way worse than we thought.

July 3, 2017

EPA Chief Pushing Plan To Discredit Climate Science

As a Media Matters study conducted last year demonstrated, climate denial remains a significant problem in the major newspapers. The world has just endured the three hottest years on record, and newspapers are still allowing their opinion pages to be used to deny climate change. That trend is all the more alarming now that the Trump administration is quickly adopting those denialist arguments.

June 13, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Clovis advised Trump on agricultural issues during his presidential campaign and is currently the senior White House advisor within the USDA, a position described by The Washington Post as “Trump’s eyes and ears” at the agency.

May 13, 2017
President Trump

Will Trump Allow Oil Drilling Off Jersey Shore?

President Donald Trump’s administration is going to review the five-year oil drilling plan that put the Atlantic Coast off limits, potentially reopening a fight that opponents thought they had won. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement at the White House in advance of Trump’s plans to issue an executive order on Friday that could amend the Interior Department’s 2017-2022 oil leasing plan approved under President Barack Obama

April 28, 2017
Women's Marchers

What You Need To Know About April 29th’s Climate March

On April 29th, President Trump will be forgoing his usual jaunt to Florida in favor of a Pennsylvania rally commemorating 100 days in office. Trump’s tweets claim it will be a “big” rally, but in reality he will face stiff competition from tens of thousands of Americans descending on Washington, D.C., for the second People’s Climate March. Its timing serves as both a rebuke to that grim milestone, as well as a national message from Americans concerned that the president’s agenda will exacerbate climate change.

April 28, 2017
paris climate

Raise A Sign If You Love Science (And Despise Trump)

On Saturday, millions of people worldwide took to the streets for the March for Science. Organizers in Washington, D.C. reported more than 600 satellite marches worldwide planned for the day. The mass demonstrations, held on Earth Day, were meant to raise awareness about the importance of funding (and trusting) science. New York City’s march drew throngs of geeks with both a personal and professional passion for evidence-based research, many with a knack for pro-science messaging.

April 22, 2017

March For Science On Earth Day To Resist Trump’s War On Facts

There’s nothing wrong with challenging research, developing competing hypotheses and looking for flaws in studies. That’s how science works. But rejecting, eliminating, covering up or attacking evidence that might call into question government or industry priorities — evidence that might show how those priorities could lead to widespread harm — is unconscionable. It’s galling to me because I traded a scientific career for full-time communication work because good scientific information helps people make the best decisions to take us into the future.

April 20, 2017
DeVos, Intelligent Design, Creationism

DeVos’ Code Words For Creationism Offshoot Raise Concerns About ‘Junk Science’

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick as secretary of education, has funded groups that champion “intelligent design,” a sophisticated outgrowth of creationism. Science educators worry that she could use her bully pulpit to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.

January 31, 2017
Alison J-B via

Nobel Laureates Slam Greenpeace Over Anti-GM Stance

“We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular,” the scientists said.

July 1, 2016

What Happens When Private Money Pays For Science?

More and more funding for new research is coming not from government grants, but from private donors who concentrate their investments in a few hand-picked enclaves. And so big private money begets more big private money.

January 7, 2016
lighthouse Rhode Island New England

Some States Battle Obama On Climate Change; Others Try To Address It

Some states are doing way more than the Obama administration to combat climate change.

November 11, 2015

Water Still Flows On Mars, Scientists Say

Scientists scouring the Red Planet using NASA’S Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter say they’ve found direct chemical evidence of transient saltwater flowing on the surface today.

September 28, 2015

U.S. Spacecraft Flies By Pluto After 9-Year, 3 Billion-Mile Trip

A U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said.

July 14, 2015