Canadian Climate Scientists 'Muzzled' Writers, Researchers Tell AAAS

"VANCOUVER -- Amid revelations of a well-funded U.S. organisation's plans to deliberately distort climate science, scientists and journalists at a major scientific conference called on the Canadian government to stop its muzzling of scientists. For the past four years, the Canadian government has been denying timely access to government scientists even when their findings are published in leading scientific journals, said scientists and journalists in a special session of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science meeting here in Vancouver, British Columbia."

Source: IPS, 02/22/2012

"Whistleblower Authenticates Heartland Documents"

"Climate scientist Peter Gleick has acknowledged that he was the person who convinced the Heartland Institute to hand over the contents of its January Board package, authenticating the documents beyond a doubt and further exposing the disinformation campaign Heartland has pursued in the last week, trying to discredit the information." [Gleick called his methods in obtaining the documents an ethical lapse, and the outpouring of criticism diverted media attention from the apparent deception campaign revealed in the Heartland documents themselves. The uproar raises important issues about what methods are legitimate for investigative journalists to use in obtaining information (Gleick was not a journalist), and where the solid ground of truthfulness may be found in today's escalating conflict between science and PR. -- Ed. note]

Source: DeSmogBlog, 02/21/2012

Attacks Paid for By Big Business Are 'Driving Science Into a Dark Era'

"Most scientists, on achieving high office, keep their public remarks to the bland and reassuring. Last week Nina Fedoroff, the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), broke ranks in a spectacular manner. She confessed that she was now 'scared to death' by the anti-science movement that was spreading, uncontrolled, across the US and the rest of the western world."

Source: Guardian, 02/20/2012

EXPOSED: 19 Corporations Funding Climate Denier Think Tank Heartland

"Internal documents acquired by Think Progress Green reveal that the climate-denial think tank Heartland Institute received funding from at least 19 publicly traded corporations in 2010 and 2011. The companies’ combined contributions exceeded $1.3 million for an array of projects. As Think Progress Green reported on Tuesday, the Heartland Institute’s projects included a secret plan to teach children that climate change is a hoax."

Source: Think Progress, 02/20/2012
March 30, 2012

Bioethics Bootcamp: Finding the Must-Read Angle for Science and Medical Stories

Science Writers in New York, The Hastings Center, and City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism present a unique workshop to help science writers understand and communicate advances in science and technology that frequently raise immediate or potential ethical concerns for individuals, institutions, families, and society.

April 23, 2012 to April 24, 2012

Science Writing in the Age of Denial

Explore the phenomenon of denial and how to address issues of science in question. The conference, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, is small with a limited number of spaces. It runs one day with the second half-day a workshop.

June 20, 2012 to June 22, 2012

Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

The Conference will focus on two themes: a green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

"Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science"

"Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars."

Source: NY Times, 02/16/2012


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