As I look back on 2017, one thing is clear: Media and science are facing an attack unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime.

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But we are living in extraordinary times.

Climate change is harming our world and us in real time. Wild plants and animals are being lost in record numbers. And many of our foundational beliefs (for example, the right to clean air and clean water) and institutions (for example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) seem like they are up for grabs.

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