NewsBreakthrough of the Year 2017

Breakdowns of the year

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Science  22 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6370, pp. 1528-1529
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6370.1528

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Science named the gulf of mistrust between scientists and U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration as the main breakdown in science in 2017. Trump’s renunciation of the 2015 Paris climate ac­cord, the rollback of many environmental rules, proposed deep budget cuts at key re­search agencies, and the failure to appoint qualified scientists in many research-related positions fueled the mistrust. As a result, a survey by Science found that a surprisingly high fraction of leading scientists would refuse to work for the Trump administration. Science also named sexual harassment and discrimination in science as a breakdown in 2017. And the dire plight of several cetacean species earned a place among the year’s disappointments.