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EPA’s Pruitt Asks Whether Global Warming ‘Necessarily Is A Bad Thing’

"As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has repeatedly questioned the scientific consensus that rising levels of carbon dioxide from human-fueled activity are warming the planet. He’s now taking a different tack: Even if climate change is occurring, as the vast majority of scientists say it is, a warmer atmosphere might not be so awful for humans, according to Pruitt."

Source: Washington Post, 02/08/2018

Idaho Stripped Climate Change From School Guidelines. Now It’s a Battle

"The political fight over global warming has extended to science education in recent years as several states have attempted to weaken or block new teaching standards that included information about climate science. But only in Idaho has the state legislature stripped all mentions of human-caused climate change from statewide science guidelines while leaving the rest of the standards intact."

Source: NY Times, 02/07/2018

"It Looked As If Earth’s Ozone Layer Was Healing Nicely — Until Now"

"The rescue of the planet’s protective ozone layer has been hailed as one of the great success stories of modern environmental regulation — but on Monday, an international team of 22 scientists raised doubts about whether ozone is recovering as expected across much of the world."

Source: Washington Post, 02/07/2018
March 9, 2018

DEADLINE: COMPASS Fellowships for Journalists @NACCB2018

COMPASS will provide travel fellowships for journalists from the United States and Canada to attend the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Toronto, Ontario, July 21-26, 2018. A range of activities is planned for this year’s NACCB, based on feedback from both previous journalist fellows and the scientists attending the conference. Apply by Mar 9.

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July 21, 2018 to July 26, 2018

North American Congress for Conservation Biology

This biennial conference, hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology North America, takes place this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The theme is Conservation Science, Policy, & Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild.

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Policy ‘Confrontation’ is Watchword, Say Journalists at Issue Look-Ahead Forum

Top reporters at an event sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists predicted clashes in 2018 over climate, drilling on public lands, environmental laws, infrastructure, national monuments and more. Here's what these journalistic veterans forecast. Plus, check out the accompanying annual issues guide.

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OSHA Drops Fatality Data, Science Suppression Tracker and More

OSHA stops publishing on its website a list of U.S. workers who died on the job, a new "Silencing Science Tracker" tool and a journalists' guide to working with whistleblowers are released, plus a powerful politician pressures a scientist on environmental health policy. All in the latest WatchDog TipSheet.

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