Photos: At March for Science, Bay Area activists raise their voices

Thousands of Bay Area marchers took to the streets Saturday in defense of science, opposing proposed reductions in research funding by the administration of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. Eight events were held in the Bay Area and 600 cities on seven continents, including Antarctica. In chants, on signs, and in speeches, participants touted the importance of science, asserted solidarity, and took jabs at the views of perceived opponents. Marches took place in San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Pacifica, Hayward and Berkeley. Check out our photos of Saturday’s events. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.… Read More

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Watch ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye’s epic defense of science at ‘March for Science’ in Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” the television personality and former Boeing engineer who got his start in Seattle TV sketch comedy, gave a rousing speech in defense of science at the March for Science today in Washington, D.C. — to the traditional chant of “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!” from the crowd. Watch his address above and continue reading for a transcript. Bill Nye, Planetary Society CEO and host of “Bill Nye Saves The World.” Greetings, greetings, follow citizens! We are marching today to remind people everywhere — our lawmakers, especially — of the significance of science for our health and prosperity. The process of science has enabled humankind to discover… Read More

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Scenes from the ‘other Washington’: D.C.’s March for Science sparks a chain reaction

A breast cancer survivor poses as Wonder Woman among other demonstrators at the March for Science, with the U.S. Capitol in the background. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) WASHINGTON, D.C. – The scenery for the world’s most watched March for Science may have featured the political icons of the nation’s capital, but the weather was pure Seattle. Today’s rally brought thousands of people to the National Mall for hours’ worth of teach-ins and speeches, despite a Seattle-style drizzle. Bill Nye the Science Guy, a co-chair for the national March for Science movement, struck on the theme of the day when he noted that many policymakers in Washington and around the… Read More

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‘Equipment problem’ prompts gas flare at Shell refinery in Martinez

MARTINEZ — Shell cited an “equipment issue” as the cause of a 50-minute gas flare at its Martinez refinery Friday night. Officials reported that their refinery at 3485 Pacheco Blvd. in Martinez experienced an equipment problem at 10:20 p.m. that initiated a burn off of excess gas. The flare, which is a safety device, was said to have been used properly. Shell posted the news on its Facebook page, adding that for business and competitive reasons, it could not discuss the specific unit or production levels. The company said there was no danger to the public. Last Thursday, Shell announced planned maintenance at the Martinez facility, running from late April… Read More

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‘The oceans are rising and so are we.’ Photos, tweets, and more from Seattle’s March for Science

Thousands marched in Seattle and around the country to support science and scientists. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) It’s a soggy Seattle Saturday but that didn’t deter thousands of activists from marching for climate research and sound science policy today. A huge assembly marched from Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill to the International Fountain at Seattle Center, many chanting “the oceans are rising and so are we.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray came out to show their support. Seattle’s March for Science is one of countless events taking place across the country in honor of Earth Day. Many of the people bracing the fickle April… Read More

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March for Science gets underway in Bay Area with thousands marching in San Jose

Thousands of Bay Area marchers began taking to the streets Saturday in enthusiastic opposition to a perceived attack on science by the administration of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. Participants in eight Bay Area cities on Earth Day began plunging into the political fray during the March for Science, held in more than 600 cities across the nation. The protest events were intended to combat what they see as an assault by the GOP on budgets for climate change, medicine and environmental protection. Marches were set for San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Livermore, Walnut Creek Pacifica, Hayward and Berkeley. In San Jose, hundreds of people set out… Read More

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Elevator service for disabled returns to Mt. Diablo summit after 2-year absence

MOUNT DIABLO — Imagine traveling 11 miles to the top of a mountain famous for stunning panoramic views, only to find that the elevator to take disabled people to the observation deck doesn’t work — and hasn’t for two years. As of Thursday, visitors with mobility concerns no longer face that problem at Mount Diablo State Park’s popular summit visitor center. Elevator service that had been out of order since April 2015 was restored this month when a new elevator began carrying disabled passengers to the observation platform. The alternative is steep steps that turn away many in wheelchairs, walkers or in need of other assistance. The service restart ends… Read More

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Scientists leave labs, take to streets to defend research

By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists worldwide left their labs to take to the streets Saturday along with students and research advocates in pushing back against what they say are mounting attacks on science. The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 500 cities, anchored in Washington and to be joined by dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout intended to combine political and how-to science demonstrations. Marchers in Geneva carried signs that said, “Science — A Candle in the Dark” and “Science is the Answer.” In Berlin, several thousand people participated in a march from the one of the city’s universities… Read More

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This Week in Seattle: Mayoral race heats up with income tax proposals and new contenders

This Week in Seattle is your weekly dispatch of need-to-know news from the Emerald City. (BigStock Image) This week in Seattle: The mayoral race heats up; Scoop partners with the city to promote carpooling; Earth Day celebrations kick off; and Gov. Inslee calls for a special session. Seattle celebrates Earth Day like the nature freaks we are The DSCOVR satellite keeps tabs on Earth from a million miles away. (Credit: NASA GSFC) Happy Earth Day! There are events all around town today celebrating this gorgeous blue planet we call home. Champions of government-sponsored science research and policies that support those programs will March for Science at Cal Anderson Park. Local,… Read More

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