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EPA Drafts Science Policy Codifying Minders, PIO Permissions for Media Interviews

The draft "Scientific Integrity Policy" marks the first time that the EPA's previously unwritten minders-and-permissions policy for press interviews has been reduced to a publicly disclosed written policy applying to the entire agency. The Society of Environmental Journalists has previously opposed these restrictions and is likely to submit formal comments on this draft policy as well.

Groups Worry About Drilling Politics Trumping Science at Interior

"Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity have asked the Department of the Interior to look into whether the recent suspension of a biologist violates rules meant to protect scientific research from political interference.

The news of the suspension has prompted widespread debate, with environmental groups alleging a connection to plans to drill oil in the Arctic reserve.

Source: Greenwire, 08/08/2011
October 14, 2011 to October 18, 2011

Science Writers 2011

A meeting for science writers, by science writers. Join us to experience professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips to explore the region's unique setting. Online registration opens August 17th and goes to September 30th ONLY!

Arctic Scientist Who Exposed Climate Threat To Polar Bear Is Suspended

The Interior Department scientist who first warned of climate change as a threat to polar bears in a 5-year-old peer-reviewed paper has been suspended. The Obama administration has been accused of hounding him so it can open up the fragile Arctic to drilling by Shell and other companies.

Source: Guardian, 07/29/2011
January 16, 2012 to January 19, 2012

World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

Every year, WFES gathers world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists to find practical and sustainable solutions for today's energy security, climate change challenges and the advancement of clean technology. The upcoming 5th edition of the event in Abu Dhabi will promote innovation and investment opportunities surrounding alternative energy, clean technology and environment.

As Record Heat Fries Oklahoma, Inhofe Bails on Climate Denier Rally

"As record-shattering heat cripples Oklahoma, Sen. Jim ('global warming is a hoax') Inhofe (R-OK) failed to show for an fossil-industry-funded climate denial conference. A shrinking band of far-right economists, lawyers, and a few scientists have gathered in Washington, DC, for the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, funded, like Inhofe himself, by Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil. Inhofe was scheduled to be the denier conference’s keynote speaker, but he bailed out, explaining appropriately that he is 'under the weather'"

Source: Think Progress, 07/01/2011

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