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Dr. Ekwurzel editing WSJ op-edSee UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel correct the climate science inaccuracies on a six-foot-tall Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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Fighting Misinformation about Climate Science

Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages are overwhelmingly misleading when it comes to climate science. Not surprised? When UCS reviewed references to climate science in those two news outlets, we found it was even worse than we thought.
Our snapshot analysis shows that over a six-month period at Fox News Channel, 93 percent of the references to climate science were misleading. In one year on the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages, 81 percent of the references were misleading.
Last month, we released the findings of this snapshot analysis at a series of events in New York City, finishing the day by delivering nearly 20,000 comments from UCS supporters to the headquarters of News Corporation, which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, asking them to stop failing science and improve how they represent climate science.
Watch the video of UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel correcting the climate science inaccuracies on a six-foot tall Wall Street Journal op-ed in Bryant Park.

She and other UCS staff were joined by dozens of UCS supporters who stamped the op-ed “Not Science” and filled out postcards to News Corp.
Thank you to everyone who took action and spread the word about our findings.

If you haven’t yet, please be sure you ask News Corp. to stop failing science!
Sincerely, JeanSideris_jpg

Jean Sideris Outreach Coordinator Climate & Energy Program Union of Concerned Scientists

leave Minnie Mouse alone
                          A department store is making Minnie Mouse look extremely tall and skinny for a holiday window display.                       
      Sign Ragen’s Petition

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What’s the world coming to when we’re telling little girls that Minnie Mouse is too fat? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what the department store Barney’s is doing.

For a holiday window display, Barney’s and Disney have agreed to showcase Minnie Mouse wearing a designer dress — and distorted so she looks like she’s 5’11” and size 0.

I work with kids who have eating disorders, so I’m not exaggerating when I say the message this sends is deadly. According to one study, hospitalization for children younger than 12 with eating disorders went up 119% from 1999 to 2006. Younger than 12.

I don’t think Barney’s and Disney should be telling little girls that Minnie Mouse needs to be skinnier, so I started a petition on asking them to cancel this window display. Click here to add your name.

Studies warn again and again of the dangers of promoting an unrealistic body image. 81% of 10-year-old girls say they’re afraid of being fat, and 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to be thinner because of the pictures they see in magazines.

There is nothing wrong with tall, thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in.

Earlier this year, Seventeen magazine agreed to stop photoshopping all models after 75,000 people signed a petition asking them to do so on I know that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince Barney’s and Disney not to distort Minnie Mouse to make her look tall and skinny.

Click here to sign my petition calling on Barney’s and Disney to leave Minnie Mouse alone.

Thank you,

Ragen Chastain Los Angeles, California