Monday, February 20, 2017

Rush Holt: Scientists, Take A Stand

Hearing Rush Holt's name on the radio tonight piqued my interest. I was a big fan when he was Plainfield's Congressional representative for a while. Now he is the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is asking scientists to take a stand against President Donald J. Trump's recent immigration ban, calling it "damaging to scientific innovation and U.S. science and engineering capacity. "

See the AAAS article here.

Scientists protested Sunday in Boston (see Boston Herald article) and are planning a march on Washington, though not without some criticism from their own kind.

The Office of the New Jersey Climatologist has documented changes in the state climate and also has a link to a NOAA report on climate change.

I went out Sunday to do some yard work and while I enjoyed the warm, sunny day, it just made me wonder what July and August in New Jersey will be like this year.  Attention needs to be paid to climate change and the health risks associated with it. Scientists need to study climate change and many other things without being impeded by travel bans and threats of federal de-funding of programs.


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