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    Don’t Look Up Illustrates 5 Myths That Fuel Rejection of Science

    The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception—in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific evidence is the point. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who make a literally Earth-shattering discovery and then try to persuade the president to take action to save humanity. It’s a satire that explores how individuals, scientists, the media and politicians respond when faced with scientific facts that are uncomfortable, threatening and inconvenient. The movie is an allegory for climate change, showing how those with the power to do something…

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    Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

    Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception – in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific evidence is the point. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who make a literally Earth-shattering discovery and then try to persuade the president to take action to save humanity. It’s a satire that explores how individuals, scientists, the media and politicians respond when faced with scientific facts that are uncomfortable, threatening and inconvenient. The movie is an allegory for climate change, showing how those with the power to do something about global warming willfully avoid taking action and how those with vested…

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    Misconceptions about science fuel pandemic debates and controversies, says Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says some of the bitter arguments about medicine and science during the COVID-19 pandemic can be blamed on a fundamental misunderstanding of science. “People were unwittingly witnessing science at its very best.… [They said,] ‘You told me not to wear a mask a month ago and now you tell me [to] wear it.… You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Yes, we do,” the American astrophysicist and author told The Sunday Magazine host Piya Chattopadhyay. “Science is a means of querying nature. And when we have enough experiments and enough observations, only then can we say: This is how nature behaves, whether you like it or not. And that…

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    Biden working group targets jobs for fossil fuel communities

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six large regions nationwide that have economies reliant on fossil fuels have been targeted for federal investment and aid to create renewable energy jobs, as detailed in a new report from President Joe Biden’s administration. The report released Friday is part of Biden’s plan to reduce America’s use of coal and other fossil fuels in order to fight climate change. The White House held a global summit this week and Biden announced he intends to cut U.S. coal and petroleum emissions in half by 2030. The report, from a working group comprising several federal agencies, identifies $37.9 billion in currently available funding across a wide variety…

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    Fossil fuel workers should get new jobs ‘where they live’

    President Biden on Friday said people who lose jobs in the fossil fuel industry as a result of environmental reforms must be provided new job opportunities “in the places where they live.” Biden claimed in a speech at the White House that phasing out coal, gas and oil doesn’t require economic devastation in current energy-producing regions. “As we transition to a clean energy future, we must ensure that workers who have thrived in yesterday’s and today’s industries have as bright a tomorrow in the new industries as well as in the places where they live and the communities they have built,” Biden told a summit of world leaders. “When we…

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    $25 million gift to Brown will fuel innovation in brain science

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new $25 million gift to Brown University will fuel scientific discovery and help innovative new ideas in brain science get off the ground. The generous gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will support research in computational brain science, enabling Brown to attract and retain world-class teachers and scholars, and it will endow an innovation awards program at the University’s Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science to provide seed funding for new high-impact research in computation and other areas of brain science. “This transformational gift recognizes the momentum that continues to build at Brown University, where our talented…

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    ‘Climate day’ is also ‘jobs day,’ Biden says as he issues sweeping new orders on fuel, power and more

    President Biden on Wednesday signed additional executive orders addressing the climate crisis, adding to those he signed on his first full day in office, saying “we can’t wait any longer” for action on what his predecessor famously dismissed as a hoax. “We’ve already waited too long,” Biden said at the signing ceremony in the White House. “We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know it in our bones and it’s time to act.” Included in the executive orders is a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and a mandate for federal agencies to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels, identify new opportunities for…

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