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January 30, 2012 to February 1, 2012

Energy, Utility and Environment Conference (EUEC) 2012

EUEC 2012 is the 15th annual energy, utility and environment conference, making it the largest and longest running professional networking and educational event of its kind in the United States. Gina McCarthy's keynote address will include the EPA's new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

May 13, 2012 to May 19, 2012

International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

The International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas is part of an ongoing degrowth discussion, including conferences held in Paris (2008) and Barcelona (2010), and another to be held in Venice in September 2012 which present opportunities for learning how to avert ecological collapse while enhancing social justice and improving life’s prospects.

Press Access Issues in Agency Science Policies Still Unclear, Imperfect

Environmental journalists are still waiting to see whether EPA revises the draft Scientific Integrity Policy in which it claims the right to keep scientists from talking to reporters without press office permission — and have Saddam-style "minders" sit in on interviews.

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January 26, 2012 to January 29, 2012

Guelph Organic Conference of 2012 - Seeds of Cooperation

The 2012 Guelph Organic Conference is a 4-day workshop program with a 2-day Expo (Expo is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29, only). Offerings include organics for smallholders, livestock management, seed saving, and health benefits of organic food.

 

March 28, 2012 to March 30, 2012

Save the Planet International Eco Forum in Bulgaria

The Save the Planet conference is a communication platform for professionals from South-East Europe involved in the environment, waste management and recycling spheres. The 2012 program will include sessions and discussions on industry challenges and technical developments. Attendees will be able to see the latest products and solutions showcased at the parallel exhibition.

Justice Dept. Ditches Its Proposal To Lie About Existence of FOIA Records

The regulatory proposal was part of a large package of revised FOIA regulations, which will go forward without it. The Justice Department did not rescind the 1987 Meese memo the proposal was based on; instead it identified ways in which agencies could be unresponsive and uninformative without actually lying.

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Other Information Access News in Brief

Climate scientist Michael Mann wins bid to join emails lawsuit; BP and other Gulf oil spill CEOs won't testify before House committee; Republican House freshmen disappointed by Supercommittee's secrecy; Obama admin to issue disclosure rules for fracking on federal lands; WRI/Transparency Int'l panel on climate policy corruption, Nov. 3, 2011, in DC; proposed FOIA rule would let gov't deny existence of records; and bill to improve pipeline safety and increase access to info passes Senate.

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Access to Environmental Info Will Be an Issue at Rio+20

In June 2012, the nations of the world will convene in Rio de Janiero for the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development that set the stage for a number of important treaties, including the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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November 4, 2011

CanGEA's Geothermal Power Forum & Reception in Calgary

CanGEA's 4th Annual Conference and Investment Forum will include various panels and presentations by leading speakers from the geothermal energy industry in Canada and internationally.

December 14, 2011 to December 15, 2011

Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations to examine changing agricultural investment patterns, highlighting international policy developments and business approaches to coping with environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth.

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