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Leaders of several medical societies wrote Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) Tuesday informing him that he was wrong on the science when he denied EPA's estimate of the health damages caused by air pollution.
"The protracted fight over this year's federal budget has left its mark on the nation's climate and weather satellites, experts said yesterday at a conference organized by defense trade publisher IHS Jane's."
"Four authors of a new report concluding that bisphenol A is safe have ties to companies and groups that benefit from the controversial chemical."
"What Americans believe about climate change depends almost entirely on their political affiliation and not their scientific understanding, according to a new national study that found the same dynamic in two regions of Southeast Alaska."
"Federal agencies turned in progress reports to the White House this week on their scientific integrity policies, but officials are saying little about how far along agencies have come in protecting scientists' work from political meddling."
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Denial of news media access to Gulf beaches has been an issue since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. There's tussling over access to (and interpretation of) scientific information on possible impacts of the spill on the Gulf ecosystem. And The Guardian obtained >30,000 pages of BP in-house memos FOIA'd by Greenpeace, which suggest BP was working hard to influence the results of the research it was paying for.
"The head of the Met Office [the United Kingdom's national weather service] has revealed that he has received death threats from climate change sceptics."