Trick or Treat? 5 Ways the USDA Secretary Has Pranked Us

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s fun when little kids put on costumes and pretend to be things they’re not. It’s less fun when high-ranking government officials disguise their true identities and intentions. The Trump administration is rife with officials who pose...
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Report: Monarchs, Other Species Endangered by Pesticides

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council Each year, the Endangered Species Coalition highlights ten species that are facing a particular kind of threat. This year that threat is pesticides. From frogs to owls to whales to bats, pesticides endanger species across the globe. Th...
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Congress Lifts Voices of Communities Affected by Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists On October 30th, the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force and House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-3) will host a briefing that will lift the voices of underserved communities who have long been affected by the...
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Report: When the Trump Administration Sidelines Science, Underserved Communities Face the Worst Consequences

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists As a public health researcher and a woman of color, I am acutely aware that in the United States some people live in communities which are afforded more science-based protections, allowing them to breath cleaner air, drink cleaner water, eat more...
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PFAS Contamination Is an Equity Issue, and President Trump’s EPA Is Failing to Fix It

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists We have a big national PFAS contamination problem. PFAS—per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—are a class of man-made chemicals that are used in a variety of products to repel water and grease, including firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, and food...
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