NewsJanuary 20, 2017

Scientists Are Reminding the World That Science Matters

Brian Kahn

By Brian Kahn

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On Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. He and his cabinetnominees have expressed views on climate and other aspects of science that are far outside the norm.

Scientists are spending Inauguration Day reminding the public that science has been a cornerstone for society. Their tweets using the hashtag #USofScience highlight the vast scope of scientific knowledge and the diverse group of researchers helping build our understanding of the world each day.

Stand up for science! We'll be flooding the social media airwaves with research and discovery during the inauguration, using #USofScience.— Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) January 19, 2017

Through years of meticulous research, scientists have developed a clear view of climate change and its impacts. They’ve tracked the global temperature using thermometers and satellites, studied the rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and gauged how fast ice is melting and oceans are rising, to name just a few areas of research.

It’s clear from that research just how much carbon pollution has altered the climate, and how it’s impacting society. Scientists are continuing to work hard to better understand what comes next for our planet if carbon pollution isn’t checked. And yet their work will likely be under assault by the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.

That’s why they’re using the inauguration to show the value of science, their contributions and the contributions of their predecessors. It’s a rallying cry for policy based on sound science and a reminder to the public that a lot of what we know about the world wouldn’t exist without dedicated researchers.

I study decision making strategies of prehistoric societies in the face of #climatechange#USofScience— Colleen Strawhacker (@ArchaeoHacker) January 20, 2017

Because climate change is a thing. #USofScience— Emily Rollinson (@ejrollinson) January 20, 2017

3. #Wetlands play a role the cycling of climate relevant gasses, especially methane and CO2. #USofScience— I Like Dirt. ⚒ (@Samanthosaurus) January 20, 2017

"There is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction: decisive action on climate change."— Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) January 20, 2017

In 1962, marine biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring which raised awareness about humans' impact on the environment— Katherine O'Reilly (@DrKatfish) January 20, 2017

In our lab, we research how ecosystems are affected by climate change and extinction, using the past as a clue to the future. #USofScience— Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) January 20, 2017

I'm studying trade-offs btwn krill predators like gentoo & krill fisheries there, what impacts #climatechange may have! #USofScience global!— Emily S Klein (@DrEmilySKlein) January 20, 2017

#USofScience climate!— Tara Lepore (@taorminalepore) January 20, 2017

Are #penguins#climate's canaries in the coal mine?— Climate and Life (@climateandlife) January 20, 2017

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