What science and democracy have in common: Us, hopefully

Science, like democracy, is a social process that relies upon a shared commitment to underlying principles. And like democracy, it collapses if enough of the participants decide they don’t want to play by the rules any more.
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On Children’s Environmental Health Day: A checklist for defending science and protecting kids

Today is Children's Environmental Health Day— a day organized by the Children's Environmental Health Network and supported by a long list of organizations committed to advocating for policy change that prioritizes children.

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European youth bet on authoritarian states to fix climate change

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The world order is dead. Here's how to build a new one for a post-coronavirus era

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Media coverage of coronavirus draws restrictions on press freedom

Governments are exploiting epidemic concerns to limit press freedom, especially when official accounts are challenged.

She traveled 800 miles to weigh in on a White House plan to roll back a bedrock environmental law. She got 3 minutes.

Activists and politicians accused the Trump administration of trying to curtail public input as it moves to change the National Environmental Policy Act.

Debate’s attempt to show candidates divided on climate change finds unity instead

The Democrats may butt heads on climate policy details, but they all see growing risks to security, economy and health that the next president can't ignore.

The case for a coercive Green New Deal

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Oregon GOPers flee state to avoid voting for climate change bill

Republican members of Oregon's state senate skipped town on Thursday to avoid voting on a sweeping climate change bill.


Environmental reporting can help protect citizens in emerging democracies

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