Last weekend science enthusiasts worldwide took to the streets for the March for Science. It coincided with Earth Day and while people showed up for all kinds of science from medicine to space exploration, climate change seemed to be an overarching cause. This Saturday, April 29, the People's Climate March will happen in cities worldwide on the 100th day of President Donald Trump's Presidency. So how are the March for Science and the People's Climate March different? The March for Science was a march in support of science in general.
Four Republican senators described the National Science Foundation as a political rather than scientific organization because of its study of climate change and have called for an investigation into the group by the agency's inspector general's office. In a scathing letter to the IG's office last week, the senators lambasted NSF for granting over $4 million to two programs that encouraged TV newscasters to discuss climate science on air. This is not the first time Republican lawmakers have asked for the nonpartisan science agency to be investigated for supposed partisan bias. "NSF, intended to be a supporter of basic research beneficial to the common good, has issued several grants which seek to influence political and social debate rather than conduct scientific research," reads the letter, which was signed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), "The manner in which grants such as these receive federal funding is deserving of further scrutiny."
A survey finds your stance on climate change determines your decision to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 54 percent of individuals who are climate-concerned'always' wear masks in public, while only 30 percent of those who responded'not too concerned' or'not concerned at all' strap on the gear. The trend was also observed when following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – those who are troubled by human causing changes in the environment following social distancing and cleaning practices. In the unconcerned group, 65 percent identified as conservative and 36 percent are deemed baby boomers. Approximately 54 percent of individuals who are climate-concerned'always' wear masks in public, while only 30 percent of those who responded'not too concerned' or'not concerned at all' strap on the gear The US has been hit by the coronavirus harder than any other nation in the world.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday rolling back the Clean Power Plan, one of the Obama administration's key climate change policies, in order to "grow American jobs," and "end the theft of prosperity." Trump, who once declared climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese, is the leader of a party former President Barack Obama called the only major party in "the advanced world that effectively denies climate change." Despite the reluctance of GOP leaders to acknowledge the dangers of man-made climate change, the party rank and file was more likely to embrace the need for climate action, with some Republican members, and former members, of Congress looking to develop conservative solutions to an issue scientists say is a grave threat. From a conservative perspective, excessive government regulation can't solve much of anything, let alone something as immense as climate change. "We got much better opportunities to fix climate change than the clean power plan," former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis told NPR Wednesday.