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The Race to Save the Chesapeake Bay: New Investigation in the Washington Spectator

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The following original Public Trust Project investigation appeared in the March 1, 2014 issue of the Washington Spectator.  On a brilliant fall day, Stan Pennington and Eric Hines ride out in a government Jeep, surveying the rolling hills of Carroll County, Maryland, but they come to a stop when the pastoral scene takes an ugly …

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The Birds and the Bees at Risk?: Science Integrity Watch, April 1

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Editor’s Note: Until 2009, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published an important weekly digest of news called “Integrity in Science Watch.” Journalist Merrill Goozner aggregated the most important conflict-of-interest stories from around the web in order to raise awareness about how these conflicts affected regulation, legislation, patient care, and academic research. …

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Chromium, Cigarettes, Coal and Climate: Science Integrity Watch, March 25th

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Experts who helped the State Department draft a report that downplayed the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline were found to have previously worked for TransCanada, the company attempting to build the pipeline. The State Department hid these ties from the public, redacting the work histories of the contractors in official documents. Mother Jones  Chromium, …

Atlantic Menhaden Technical Committee Meeting Minutes

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[Editor's Note: The recommendations of fisheries scientists play a critical role in determining fishing regulations. But unlike regulatory meetings of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which are transcribed, the meetings of the scientific committees are undocumented -- accessible only by attendance. At the Public Trust Project, we make an effort to transcribe, as faithfully …

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Pipeline of Payoffs: Keystone XL Op-Ed Tarred by Dishonesty

Foreign Affairs, perhaps the most influential journal of international relations in the world, recently published an article arguing that the Obama administration has spoiled its relationship with Canada. The number one reason? Obama’s decision to delay permissions enabling TransCanada Corp to build an oil pipeline from Alberta through the heart of the U.S. to refineries in Texas. …

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Exactly How Much Carbon is China Emitting Per Year?

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The extent of China’s energy consumption has been a question with a murky answer for many years. A nation of 1.3 billion people, China surpassed the United States as the world’s leading greenhouse gas polluter in 2007. But scientists and policymakers alike have questioned whether data on carbon emissions in China is reliable enough to …

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