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New Report Examines the Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Incarceration rates in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. There are now 2.2 million people behind bars, a rate of nearly 1 out of 100 U.S. adults, placing the U.S. far outside the experience of other western democracies.

Michael McLaughlin

Shocking Number Of Innocent People Sentenced To Death, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime

More than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death in the United States are probably innocent, according to a study published Monday that sent shock wa...

Wild Horses at Risk of Slaughter as BLM's Problems Worsen

Suzanne Roy | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Suzanne Roy

The BLM told us this could never happen, but it did. They told us they'd investigate how this happened, but they didn't. They said it would never happen again; do you trust them? You shouldn't.

How Do You Get Help From Scientists?

Alice Bean | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

So you want information about what is happening with the most up-to-date science? How do you get it? Lately I've been lucky that interested youth and their parents have been emailing me to find out about questions they have.

Archaeology Professor Sarah Yeomans Discusses the Reality of Ancient Pompeii

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

The eponymous movie (Pompeii) is fun, and I like this stuff, thus I figured I'd go the extra mile and speak with a real-life archaeologist -- the intrepid kind! -- in the form of Professor Sarah Yeomans, a faculty member at West Virginia University.

Did You Hear the One About the Serious Environmentalist?

Keith Gaby | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

If you spend time with environmental activists, you'll find that most of us don't fit the stereotype. We won't scold you for driving the wrong car or turning up the heat on a cold day, and we probably tell more jokes about ourselves than any else.

Monsanto CTO: Humanity Needs Science, Not Ideology

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Food
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

It appears that for some people -- whether the issue is vaccination, GM technology, pasteurization or climate change -- there can never be enough proof.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Climatic changes -- and the results of those changes -- could occur within decades or even sooner, and they are becoming a greater conce...

The Bottom Line: Rebuilding Plans Work for U.S. Fisheries

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

The combination of these shortsighted approaches is likely to result in depleted fish populations and degraded marine ecosystems that will eventually be unable to support the fish that coastal communities depend on.

BLM Continues "Business as Usual" for Wild Horse Program 50 Days After Independent Report Urges New Course

Suzanne Roy | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Suzanne Roy

In the pubic relations world, late Friday afternoon is the time to release bad news. And the BLM's announcement is bad news indeed for wild horses and American taxpayers. Why?

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

William S. Becker | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

Independent Scientists, American Public, Members of Congress and Celebrities to BLM: Reform Wild Horse Program

Suzanne Roy | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Suzanne Roy

This is a pivotal moment in the fight to save wild horses and burros in the West. Science is now firmly on the side of those who want the wild horses managed in the wild, not removed en masse from their homes on the range.

President Obama Supports Scientific Integrity of Anthropology

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.06.2013 | Science
American Anthropological Association

In an era in which some members of Congress are attempting to undermine the peer-review process and academic freedom in research, it is heartening to have the support of the president on these important issues.

'Green News Report' - April 30, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.30.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Obama Warns Scientific Research Could Take Big Hit

AP | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. could lose years of scientific research as a result of automatic spending cuts that have hit federa...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

We Need Climate Change

Terry Tamminen | Posted 04.21.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Given the staggering costs of droughts, heat waves, and super storms, it would seem our political leaders would come quickly to some consensus on these seemingly urgent issues and take some kind of concerted action. So where do our political leaders get their information that has instead led to partisan gridlock?

Where Is the Path Forward for Forensics? Part II

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.07.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

When you start to look at just one case, like Donald Eugene Gates', you find out that unreliable methods and poor standards were in place. Then you find even more wrongful convictions and you realize there is a real system problem with forensics.

Scientists and Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 07.15.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

Scientists and science organizations are being disingenuous when they say science can say nothing about the supernatural. They know better.

When Presidents, Cowboys and Scientists Agree

Richard Alley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Green
Richard Alley

Parts of America are powered by technologies that Abraham Lincoln advocated more than a century and a half ago. But some in our country are weakened by failure to appreciate another, even more powerful idea that Lincoln also promoted.

Tennessee Joins The Anti-Evolution Parade And Ignores The Experts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

These anti-evolution bills undercut any hope that we might produce a scientifically literate citizenry.

Why Is the GOP Ignoring Its Own Climate Scientists About Climate Change?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Marvin Meadors

Before we get conservative politicians to change their minds regarding climate change we must get them to listen, a rather Herculean task in itself.

Wing Cracks and Cars That Won't Stop

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.25.2012 | Technology
Christine Negroni

Everyone who did not go on a wild ride in a Toyota may be sick to death of the subject just as many people are tired of the debate over whether portable electronic devices should be allowed on flights below 10,000 feet.

Climate Change Must Be Addressed Now

Ted Kaufman | Posted 03.03.2012 | Green
Ted Kaufman

We are beginning a new year, and the silence in Congress is still deafening. Will there ever be a debate about what should be done to deal with climate change?

We're Not Laughing

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

If they weren't so damaging to children, congressional leaders' explanations for their policy decisions that cater to big money interests at those children's expense would be downright funny.