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1,240 National Academy of Science (NAS) members have “registered their personal concern about the Trump administration’s denigrations of science,” Inside Climate News reported this week. The open letter, first written in 2016 has amassed hundreds of signatures in just the past few weeks. The letter reads, “The dismissal of scientific evidence in policy formulation has affected wide areas of the social, biological, environmental and physical sciences. It has been particularly egregious in climate science.” The letter ends by exhorting the government to “maintain scientific content on publicly accessible websites, to appoint qualified personnel to positions requiring scientific expertise, to cease censorship and intimidation of Government scientists, and to reverse the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.”
While climate change and coronavirus may seem like two separate issues, they are intimately linked by the administration’s disavowal of scientific policies aimed to address them. As Charles S. Manski, a Northwestern economist, noted in Inside Climate News, “All of the societal effects– the effects on schooling, the effects on the economy– are just being viewed as political matters. We’re not looking at the totality of these effects.”
These matters, as astrophysicist Ray Weynmann said as reported by Inside Climate News, “These consequences really are a matter of life and death,” both in the short-term in terms of the pandemic and the long-term in terms of climate change.” Because of this, he says, “more and more scientists are unwilling to be bystanders anymore.”
With air travel more difficult and risky this year, many families are taking vacations the old-fashioned way — by going on a road trip. And we hear that renting a recreational vehicle or RV is quite popular. It is a great way to “see the country,” and maybe visit some National Parks, while maintaining coronavirus […]
Derek Green is an at-large member of the Philadelphia City Council. As a member of City Council, Councilmember Green chairs the Committee on Finance and Disabilities and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committees on Aging and Law and Government. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, in addition to […]
This week our hero is eight-year-old Ali Hirsch, who won’t vote for another ten years but wants to make a difference. She has donated all her saved allowance and birthday money to an organization fighting to make sure every American can vote in November, with the help of her parents of course. She chose The […]
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