"The largest, most sophisticated tornado chase ever assembled has been roaming the Great Plains for the past five weeks looking to crack some of the basic mysteries about the wildest storms on Earth."
The Newark Star-Ledger reports a move by a top New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection official to prevent public disclosure of scientific information that should be public until political appointees without science credentials and press officers have approved it.
"The U.S. government will reverse a Bush administration policy and increase the role of scientists in setting air standards for criteria pollutants harmful to human health, Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the EPA, said."
Researchers, journalists in tow, will be chasing tornadoes around the central US in May and June to learn more about how tornadoes work, and better predict them and their paths.
SEJ and science journalism groups expressed opposition to a bill that would reverse current policy of free publication of scientific results coming from federal agencies.
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The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Feb. 12-16, 2009, offers at least 67 sessions devoted directly to one aspect or another of the environment beat.
The Obama administration is taking shape with many key environmental appointments to the cabinet and elsewhere. This is the first half of our guide to the new players, their backgrounds and agendas.