What climate science loses without enough black researchers
15 mins | Aug 8, 2021
Diversity in the field makes it more adept at dealing with human's needs. With calls to address racism echoing around the profession, scientists are remaking institutions that have excluded people of colour. Saijel Kishan and Eric Roston analyse the systemic issues resulting in unequal opportunities, and how these initiatives could change that. "When scientists overlook communities in nations either rich and poor — when they don't monitor air and water continuously and don't watch storm patterns — they can't help save lives and boost livelihoods. In this way, racism also generates an incomplete picture of the world that can limit policymaking, leaving many millions of people facing disproportionate harm from growing threats."