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Why Doesn't Congress Want You To Read These Reports?

For decades, Congress has refused to release taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service. Fortunately, the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project gets them and releases them. Here are some new explainers that may be of use to environmental journalists.

Getting Past Park Service PIO Harder Than 13-Mile Hike

It's true — some public information officers are really paranoid. High Country News reporter Tristan Baurick, trying to report on preservation of a historic chalet in Olympic National Park, found "a bizarre blockade on press freedom, the likes of which I’d never experienced outside a military base or murder scene."

"The Last Ocean"

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"The Last Ocean: Antarctica's Ross Sea Project: Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth"

By John Weller
Rizzoli, $50

Reviewer: JENNIFER WEEKS

Few Americans have probably heard of the Ross Sea, which is a deep bay of the Southern Ocean next to Antarctica. But many know about Chilean sea bass, a mild white fish that has been popular in high-end restaurants for more than 15 years.

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