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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Statement Condemning Threats Against Public Health Officials

AAAS is alarmed by calls for violence against Dr. Anthony Fauci or any other public health servant. We are beyond concerned that public figures are resorting to aggressive attacks on our public health officials to enflame passions rather than engendering respectful discourse on science. To be clear, calls for violence are unacceptable, and the real-life […]

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Despite reduced application, common pesticides more deadly to nontarget species over time

April 1, 2022 – Despite a reduction in the total amounts of pesticides used, the toxicity of commonly used pesticides to nontarget species, partially aquatic invertebrates and pollinators, has increased considerably in recent decades, according to a new study analyzing 25 years of pesticide use. This has been driven by the widespread use of highly […]

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More Frequent Combined Droughts, Heatwaves Are Recipe for U.S. Megafires

September 23, 2020 – The frequency of combined droughts and heatwaves — which together form a devastating climatic brew — has substantially increased across the Western U.S. and in parts of the Northeast and Southeast over the past 50 years, according to a new study published in the September 25 issue of Science Advances. While most parts of […]

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Douglas Green, AAAS: SARS-CoV2 vaccines: Fast is slow, and slow is fast

May 22, 2020 – Catastrophic numbers of infections, morbidities, and mortalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the disastrous impact on world economies have mandated a historically unparalleled effort to produce an effective vaccine. There are currently 95 vaccines in development against SARS-CoV2, the causative virus of COVID-19 (1), with several in, or entering clinical […]

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National monuments help more than hurt local economies in US West

March 18, 2020 – National monuments in the U.S. West increase the average number of establishments and jobs near the monument and increase the average establishment growth rate, according to a new study by Margaret Walls and colleagues. At the same time, monument designation has no effect on the number of jobs that existed before […]

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‘How We Respond’ spotlights how US communities are addressing climate change impacts

Sept. 16, 2019 – Communities across the United States are working with scientists to respond to climate change impacts, shows a new report and multimedia resources developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). How We Respond shares details and perspectives from 18 communities using scientific information to adapt to climate change […]

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Alan I. Leshner, AAAS: The misuse of science is a great disservice to the American people

Sept. 10, 2019 – We are concerned about what increasingly appears to be political pressure from within the U.S. federal government to change a weather forecast from the National Weather Service related to Hurricane Dorian, which directly impacts the public. Meteorologists at the NWS work tirelessly to provide data-based information to the public in support of […]

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How protected areas are losing ground in the U.S. and Amazonia

May 30, 2019 – Once champions of global conservation, the United States and Brazil are now leading a troubling global trend of large-scale rollbacks in environmental policy, putting hundreds of protected areas at risk, a new study suggests. According to the report – perhaps the most comprehensive review to date of the extent of the […]

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Concerns regarding proposed changes to EPA’s causality framework

March 22, 2019 – In this Policy Forum, Gretchen Goldman and Francesca Dominici raise concerns over recent developments at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that “stand to quietly upend the time-tested and scientifically backed process the agency relies on to protect the public from ambient air pollution.” Goldman and Dominici cite proposed changes to […]

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AAAS Statement on R&D Details of Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget for FY 2020

March 18, 2019 – “If enacted, the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research and development would derail our nation’s science enterprise. The federal government provides critical investments that enable scientific discovery and innovation. For the United States to remain a world leader in science and innovation during a time of increased competition from other countries, […]

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AAAS Statement on Travel of Chinese Researchers to the United States

May 1, 2018 – “Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency and the free flow of ideas; these principles have helped the United States to attract and benefit from international scientific talent. Students and scientists from other countries strengthen U.S. innovation. We are concerned about news reports that the U.S. administration is considering further restrictions on […]

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AAAS CEO Urges U.S. President and Congress to Lift Funding Restrictions on Gun Violence Research

March 13, 2018 – Ahead of the National School Walkout on March 14, Rush Holt of the American Association for the Advancement of Science urged the White House and Congress to lift existing restrictions on federally funded research of gun violence. In letters sent March 13 to President Trump and congressional leaders, AAAS CEO Holt […]

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AAAS Statement on EPA Science Adviser Boards

“Does anyone think that it’s reasonable to make decisions by excluding the scientists who are best informed on scientific research?” — Rush Holt, chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) October 31, 2017 – “The American Association for the Advancement of Science denounces the EPA administrator’s decision to disallow qualified scientific […]

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AAAS Statement on Trump Administration Disbanding National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee

Aug. 22, 2017 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) remains highly concerned about the disregard for scientific advisory groups in the U.S. federal government, most recently as relates to the National Climate Assessment. The August 20 decision by the Trump Administration to not renew the charter for the Sustained National Climate […]

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In South Asia, humid heat expected to surpass fatal levels by the late 21st century

Aug. 2, 2017 – Hot and humid temperatures in South Asia, which contains one-fifth of the global population, will exceed the upper limit of human survivability by the late 21st century, scientists project, underscoring an urgent need to adopt alternative strategies on top of those currently proposed to alleviate climate change-induced temperature extremes. In 2015, […]

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AAAS and 15 Science Society Leaders Request Climate Science Meeting with EPA Administrator Pruitt

July 31, 2017 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science and 15 leaders of science societies on Monday sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting a meeting, in response to reports that he is working to develop a “red team/blue team” process that challenges climate science. The letter reaffirms the scientific consensus on […]