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Is Corporate Ghostwriting of Journal Articles a Threat to Environmental Information?

Before picking up stories based on journals in the environmental sciences, reporters might pause to ask about those journals' policies on transparency and potential conflict of interest. And then ask about enforcement, and any relevant conflict declarations on the article in question.

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Oil Fracking Poses Similar Concerns As Gas Fracking

EPA is conducting a study of fracking, no matter where it is used (e.g., gas shale, oil shale, coalbed methane, tight sands). Public comment is being allowed as the agency's Science Advisory Board meets March 7-8, 2011, to review the draft study plan. Initial study and research results are possible by the end of 2012, and a report may be published some time in 2014.

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March 5, 2011

Poisons: When Good Chemicals Turn Bad

This seminar, presented by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program in collaboration with the Society of Toxicology, features an overview of the latest research in the science of toxicology, the study of the adverse effects of chemical, biological, and physical substances on people, animals, and the environment.

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Food News Hooks: Safety, Healthfulness, Availability, Cost, and More

Much of your audience likely considers food a minor issue since they see it as generally available, affordable, healthy, environmentally benign, and unrelated to issues such as national security. You can help paint a more realistic picture for them, from the global to the local.

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March 4, 2013 to March 6, 2013

ECOS Annual Meeting

The Environmental Council of the States, a national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, will hold its spring membership meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

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EPA Issues New Information on Old and New Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Some light bulbs require special handling to reduce toxic exposures. EPA's latest guidance for old fluorescent bulbs that contain PCBs and current generation CFLs that contain mercury both provide important fodder for consumer-awareness stories.

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