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Added Sugar, Subtracted Science: How Industry Obscures Science and Undermines Public Health Policy on Sugar

This 2014 report shows how sugar interests use a variety of tactics to prevent science-based policy on sugar.

By Gretchen Goldman et al. UCS, 2014. 32 pp.

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Sugar-Coating Science: How the Food Industry Misleads Consumers on Sugar

With big budgets and deceptive advertising practices, sugar interests target vulnerable audiences and turn misinformation into profit.

By Deborah Bailin et al. UCS, 2014. 20 pp.

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Tricks of the Trade: How companies anonymously influence climate policy through their business and trade associations

Trade groups can use their tremendous resources to influence climate policy decisions without accountability for the companies and other organizations backing them.

By Gretchen Goldman and Christina Carlson. UCS, 2014. 12 pp.

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Toward an Evidence-Based Fracking Debate: Science, Democracy, and Community Right to Know in Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

Communities need reliable information to make good decisions about hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and other unconventional oil and gas development technologies. But such information is hard to come by.

By Gretchen Goldman et al. UCS, 2013. 68 pp.

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2014 Scientific Integrity Calendar

UCS recruited cartoonists to offer their takes on the relationship between science and democracy for the 2013 UCS Editorial Cartoon Calendar.

Click here to see the 12 cartoons featured in the calendar

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Grading Government Transparency

This 2013 report looks at the policies governing scientists' communications through both traditional and social media at 17 federal agencies, evaluating the policies in a variety of categories and summarizing each evaluation with a letter grade.

By Gretchen Goldman et al. UCS, 2013. 16 pp.

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Science in an Age of Scrutiny

Scientists whose work touches on public policy issues are increasingly targets of harassment and personal attacks. This 2012 guide offers helpful advice for scientists who find themselves in this position.

By the UCS Scientific Integrity Program. UCS, 2012. 59 pp.

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A Climate of Corporate Control

A Climate of Corporate Control looks at statements and actions on climate science and policy by 28 U.S. companies, shows how these contributions can be problematic, and suggests steps that Congress, the public, the media, and companies themselves can take to address the problem.

By the UCS Scientific Integrity Program. UCS, 2012. 59 pp.

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Voices of Scientists at the FDA: Measuring Progress on Scientific Integrity

A 2011 survey completed by 997 scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that agency leaders are helping to boost scientific integrity at the agency. But persistent interference by special interests continues to hinder the agency's ability to use the best available science to protect the public health.

By the UCS Scientific Integrity Program. UCS, 2012. 4 pp.

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Heads They Win, Tails We Lose: How Corporations Corrupt Science at the Public’s Expense

Federal decision makers need access to the best available science in order to craft policies that protect our health, safety, and environment. Unfortunately, the manipulation, distortion, and suppression of scientific information have threatened federal science in recent years, thanks to the inappropriate influence of companies with a financial stake in the outcome. This 2012 report shows how corporations influence the use of science in federal decision making to serve their own interests.

By the UCS Scientific Integrity Program. UCS, 2012. 54 pp.

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Freedom to Speak? A Report Card on Federal Agency Media Policies

UCS conducted an investigation of 15 federal regulatory and science agencies to assess the degree of freedom with which science is communicated at federal agencies. The report found significant inconsistencies and confusion among agency media policies and their implementation. Too often, an agency's desire to "control the message" has led to the suppression of information and the censorship of the government's own experts.

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Interference at the EPA: Science and Politics at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A UCS survey of scientists at the EPA reveals that challenges from industry lobbyists and some political leaders have led to the suppression and distortion of EPA scientific findings—to the detriment of both science and the health of our nation.

2008, 80 pp.

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Atmosphere of Pressure: Political Interference in Federal Climate Science

This report presents the results of two complementary investigations into the state of federal climate science, which show that scientific findings are being tailored to reflect political goals rather than scientific fact.

By Timothy Donaghy et al. UCS and Government Accountability Project, 2007. 80 pp.

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