Viewpoints Archives - State of the Planet

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Trump’s ‘Industry First, Science Last’ Agenda Is Costing Lives

The president’s ongoing war on science has significantly weakened researchers’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and other looming public health and environmental crises.

by Romany Webb and Lauren Kurtz |April 2, 2020
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Reflections on COVID-19 and Our Destruction of Nature

The coronavirus pandemic provides mandatory lessons in sustainability.

by Radhika Iyengar |March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Requires A Competent, Professional Federal Government

If we can replace bluster and improvisation with measured, calm and rational decision-making, we can rise to this occasion.

by |March 30, 2020

Living In and Learning From the Corona Crisis

We need to overcome divisions and come together in a single human community to combat a threat that disregards national boundaries.

by |March 23, 2020
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How to Take Action to Protect American Families and Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

School and business closures are necessary to protect our communities, but they will cause economic pain for many.

by Tara Stafford Ocansey |March 17, 2020
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Biden vs. Sanders: Who Has the Better Plan to Fix Climate Change?

Both democratic frontrunners have pledged to take action on climate change, but their plans differ widely.

by Sophie Capshaw-Mack |March 5, 2020

The Coronavirus and Our Interconnected Economy and Biosphere

Our only real weapon to address the threats posed by the impact of science and technology is the human ingenuity required to develop additional science and technology.

by |March 2, 2020

Coronavirus Response Shows the World Is Not Ready for Climate-Induced Pandemics

The outbreak in China shows we still have a lot to learn when it comes to dealing with global pandemics, which are expected to increase due to climate change.

by Jennifer Zhang |February 24, 2020
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No ‘Space’ for Earth in Newly Released Presidential Budget

While the proposal boosts NASA’s budget to explore other worlds, what about the one we’ve already got?

by Sophie Capshaw-Mack |February 12, 2020

Framing the Climate Crisis as a Terrorism Issue Could Galvanize Action

A student argues that underlining global warming’s threats to national security could increase the sense of urgency and free up funding to take action.

by Jennifer Zhang |February 6, 2020