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  1. AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march

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    By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News, Boston  Feb 20, 2017 see full article here

    The head of the world’s largest scientific membership organisation has given his backing for a planned protest by researchers in Washington DC.

    Rush Holt, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said that people were “standing up for science”.

    His remarks reflect growing concern among researchers that science is disregarded by President Trump.

    “I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire career,” the former Democratic congressman told BBC News.

    “To see young scientists, older scientists, the general public speaking up for the idea of science. We are going to work with our members and affiliated organisations to see that this march for science is a success.”…


  2. Copying the censorship playbook. Scientists aren’t standing for it

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    The Administration keeps trying to go after scientists, and being forced to retreat

    The Guardian UK  Jan 31 2017  see full article here

    …During the [Bush] Administration, political appointees censored climate science reports from government agencies, and mostly got away with it by gagging the scientists. A survey found that nearly half of 1,600 government scientists at seven agencies ranging from NASA to the EPA had been warned against using terms like “global warming” in reports or speeches, throughout his eight-year presidency.  Unaccustomed to being strong-armed by their own administrators, some government scientists reacted with what former US Climate Change Science Program senior associate Rick Piltz called “an anticipatory kind of self-censorship.”

    As a result, the Bush Administration’s efforts to smother scientific findings concerning global warming in government reports were remarkably effective  ….A war on science is a war he’s guaranteed to lose. [The President] can deny the science, silence the scientists, censor their reports, even fire them from government agencies – but that won’t stop the Earth from heating and its climate from changing at a dangerous rate. At best he would survive a four or eight-year term, leave the planet a worse place for future generations, and be seen as a villain in the history books.

    But it looks as though scientists and journalists aren’t going to let that happen without a fight, and kudos to them for standing up to the anti-science bullies on behalf of the planet and future generations. We’ll all have to do our parts to protect science and hold the administration accountable to facts and truth for the next four years….

  3. Science Matters

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    To put it simply, science matters—especially as global climate change and habitat loss continue to escalate.

    But the alarming gag orders, recently issued to our natural resource science partners in Washington, put U.S. environmental leadership and the very well being of our planet in jeopardy.

    Point Blue is trusted by our federal partners to manage millions of bird and other ecological observations to achieve our common climate-smart conservation goals.  We pledge to continue stewarding this valuable information collaboratively and transparently.

    Central Sierra Project Leader Alissa Fogg. Photo by Ryan DiGaudioCentral Sierra Project Leader Alissa Fogg. Photo by Ryan DiGaudio

    In these challenging times, Point Blue’s collaborative science, grounded in 52 years of conservation expertise, will continue to be a beacon of hope.

    With your support, we and our many public and private partners will:

    • Enhance the benefits nature provides to humans—including clean air, fresh water, fisheries, carbon sequestration, flood control and recreation;
    • Expand climate-smart restoration from mountain meadows and rangelands to coastal streams and tidal wetlands;
    • Sustain healthy populations of birds, whales and other wildlife; and,
    • Train the next generation of conservation leaders in nature-based solutions.

    Thank you for standing with Point Blue Conservation Science to secure a healthy future for wildlife and people!

    -Ellie Cohen, President & CEO