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Washington Post Science Section Reprints University Press Releases

The Washington Post, which over the years has set a standard for good science journalism, may be falling on hard times now that it has let so many of its reporters go. While still strong in original science reporting compared to many other daily newspapers in the U.S., the Post has taken to reprinting press releases from universities and science organizations. This has spawned questions about the transparency of the practice and the objectivity of what Post readers are reading.

"Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute"

"In delivering aid to drought-stricken California last week, President Obama and his aides cited the state as an example of what could be in store for much of the rest of the country as human-caused climate change intensifies. But in doing so, they were pushing at the boundaries of scientific knowledge about the relationship between climate change and drought."

Source: NY Times, 02/17/2014

Health Advocates Find Flame Retardant Fight Follows Familiar Formula

"When chemical companies hired Grant Gillham in 2007 to manage a campaign in defense of flame retardants in couches and other consumer goods, Gillham recalled being "assured that the scientific information they had supporting the safety and effectiveness of their products was valid."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/10/2014

"Scientific Panel Faults U.S. Plan To Lift Nationwide Wolf Protections"

"The Obama administration used flawed research in devising a plan to strip gray wolves across the continental United States of Endangered Species Act protections, and discounted evidence that failed to support it, a scientific panel said in a report released on Friday."

Source: Reuters, 02/10/2014

"SCIENCE: Targets of Climate Hate Mail Rally To Support One Another"

"In late March 2012, Kari Norgaard, a University of Oregon sociology and environmental studies professor, was flying home from a conference in England. She landed in Washington, D.C., checked her email and noticed a message from Marc Morano, a global warming skeptic who runs the blog Climate Depot, criticizing the research she had presented at the conference."

Source: ClimateWite, 01/24/2014

"CDC: Pregnant Women Should Have Been Warned About Water Sooner"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians should have been given clearer information that the 1-part-per-million screening level for the toxic chemical "Crude MCHM" was not a "bright line" between what exposures are safe and unsafe, a top U.S. Centers for Disease Control scientist said Wednesday."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/23/2014

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