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Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

World
The US Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census for the time being.The White House has argued that the question will bolster protections for minority voters. But opponents say it could deter immigrant households from taking part because of fears that data could be shared with law enforcement agencies.President Trump responded by saying he would try to delay the census. The justices wrote in a 5-4 ruling that the reason for including the question seemed "contrived". Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's liberal justices, saying the administration did not provide adequate justification for the question.The Census Bureau's ow...
Scientists share plans for planetwide biodiversity census

Scientists share plans for planetwide biodiversity census

Science
March 11 (UPI) -- Biologists and data scientists have developed a plan for tracking the numbers and locations of the planet's millions of plant and animal species -- a global biodiversity census of sorts. The new bio-tracking plan -- published this week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution -- features new strategies for collecting, organizing and translating massive amounts of biodiversity data for decision-makers, including policy-makers and wildlife managers. "There are so many gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity where we don't have the capacity to properly make decisions because of data limitations," Robert Guralnick, associate curator of biodiversity informatics at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said in a news release. "This paper really throws the gauntlet down in t...