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SiS Obituary - Michael Meacher
Champion of Planet Earth & Humanity at Large
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 28th October 2015

The Secret Science Act
In condemning the Secret Science Reform Act as a brazen attempt to obstruct regulation we must not lost sight of the pressing need for more transparency
Prof Peter Saunders 16th September 2015

Politically Correct Science for the Masses
Real democracy does not just mean the right to vote. People must also have access to the information they need to make an informed choice; that’s why scientists must be free to tell the truth and express their views accordingly on scientific issues
Prof Peter Saunders 27th January 2014

Nijmegen Declared GM-Free through Citizen Action
A model local initiative for banning GMOs
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 11th July 2011

Scientific Integrity in Washington
In sharp contrast to his predecessor, President Obama is promoting scientific integrity in government; others, including scientific organizations and universities, should follow suit
Professor Peter Saunders 15th December 2010

Climate Road Map Loses Direction
The Copenhagen Accord is a big step backwards on the road map agreed in Bali, and is leading to a collapse in emissions targets that will result in a catastrophic rise in global temperature of more than 3 °C
Martin Khor 15th February 2010

The Bradford Hill Criteria Applied to Climate Change & GMOs
If smoking causes lung cancer, we should try to stop people smoking, if greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change, we should reduce them, if genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are hazardous, we should ban them. The problem for policy makers is that it is hard to be sure, or rather it is hard to be sure enough to convince a government to spend money or offend a powerful lobby. The Bradford Hill criteria can help in the difficult task of making decisions when the evidence, while strong, is not conclusive.
Prof. Peter Saunders 3rd February 2010

Announcing ISIS Launch Conference - Green Energies, 100% Renewables by 2050
Launch Conference Venue: Jubilee Room, House of Commons, Westminster, London Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2005
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 6th November 2009

Warming Oceans Starved of Oxygen
Global warming is depleting oxygen from the ocean waters and threatening the survival of fisheries and the entire marine ecosystem.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th August 2009

Scientists Must be Held Responsible and Protected by Law
Scientists are responsible for acquiring new data and evaluating existing data without bias, and should be protected by law for doing so; but if they fail, they too should be liable to prosecution
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 3rd August 2009

Financing Poverty
Taxpayer's money is being misused in the global financial crisis to rescuing those that have grown super-rich by draining the real economy, creating poverty, and fuelling the destruction of the earth. Time to replace the dominant model with a circular eco-economy that mimics nature.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 3rd November 2008

More on Science and Scientist Abused
Dr. Erina Ermakova, senior scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, whose work we featured was approached by an editor of Nature Biotechnology to co-author an article describing her work. This turned out to be a scandalous attempt to destroy her reputation and discredit her work. Below is the first press coverage in Switzerland. The matter is still unresolved, so please circulate widely and write your own letter to Nature Biotechnology
Roland Fischer 12th November 2007

Can the EU Help Build a Sustainable World?
Dr. Caroline Lucas MEP on the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable world in the new European Union
Dr. Caroline Lucas MEP 28th September 2005

Science In and For Society
Comments on the European Commission Proposal for Framework 7 as presented to the Council of the European Union on 6 April 2005
Prof. Peter Saunders 24th August 2005

Sustainable World Launch Conferencen - FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT
A gathering of some of the world's top talents in science, politics and economics to focus on sustainable food systems, to provide food security for all and ameliorate the worst excesses of global warming
ISIS 4th July 2005

What Science, What Europe?
Europe's foremost philosopher of science offers a devastating indictment of contemporary European science
Prof. Isabelle Stengers 2nd June 2005

Biodefence Contravenes Biosafety
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports on mounting tension between civil society watchdogs and secrecy surrounding biodefence labs, which provides a test case for how much civil society is entitled to know about biodefence research
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th August 2003

Genetics & Bio-Defence Research Rescue Biotech Slump
Genetics & Bio-Defence Research Rescue Biotech Slump Bad science and dangerous medicine are bringing down the biotech empire, but our governments are throwing more good money after it
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 17th July 2003

Parliament Faults Medical Research Council and DNA BioBank
"Capricious funding decisions", "a politically driven project".
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th April 2003

Zambia Will Feed Herself From Now On
Zambia Will Feed Herself From Now On In the strongest message yet delivered to the world, Zambia's Minister of Agriculture, reaffirms his country's rejection of GM food, and spells out his ambitious plans to make Zambia self-sufficient
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th November 2002

Blair’s Biotech Vision Clouded
Blair’s vision of biotechnology and science is outmoded and out of touch with market reality. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho asks why Blair and other governments are throwing even more public money away at a sinking titanic of enterprises, while vital health and agricultural services are disintegrating for want of rational investments.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 23rd June 2002

Is Framework VI Socially Accountable?
This important question is not even asked. But if it were, the short answer must be no. It is best at subsidising failed and failing corporate science and technologies not in the public interest
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 27th June 2001

Public Subsidy of Failed Corporate Science
The European Union is about to finalise Framework VI, its new funding programme for public research in member countries for the period 20022006
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 9th June 2001

Parliamentary Briefing to UK Government
Arranged by ISIS through Alan Simpson MP and Presented by Professor Terje Traavik
I-SIS 20th February 2001