February 11, 2005

Politics trumps science in the Bush administration. According to a survey taken by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, 44% of those who responded reported they have been ordered for "non-scientific" reasons to refrain from recommending protections for endangered species. 56% said businesses used political influence to have science findings reversed or withdrawn. Of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service scientists who replied to the survey, 71% said the agency cannot be trusted to save endangered species.

The death toll of 275,950 from the earthquake-generated tsunami in Asia made 2004 the deadliest year for earthquakes in five centuries.

The results of a new AP-Ipsos Poll are not so good for President Bush, especially compared with the most recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. Only 45% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president, and 58% think the country is on the wrong track. Even on handling of foreign policy, Bush got just 47% approval.

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