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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, …

Will Maryland Give its Farmers a Pollution Pass?

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Maryland lawmakers are debating a bill that could amount to a pollution pass for farmers in the state. The “Agricultural Certainty” bill would excuse participating farmers from new state and local environmental regulations for ten years. In return, farmers would agree to meet existing pollution reduction goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and …

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Pirate Fishermen Running Wild on the High Seas

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Modern-day pirates might not look like Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but they do charter ships across the world’s oceans, stealing and plundering a valuable resource that billions of people depend on for food. Bills introduced in House and Senate committees this month aim to eliminate “pirate fishing,” a global scourge that threatens the …

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It Once Swam with Dinosaurs, but is This 800-Pound Fish Now Doomed?

Washingtonians might not realize it, but a 150-million-year-old species is slipping into oblivion right under their noses. Atlantic sturgeon, the pointy-snouted giant that can reach lengths of 14 feet and weigh up to 800 pounds, once swam with dinosaurs. The prehistoric fish was tenacious enough to survive the mass extinction more than 60 million years …

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Decision Day on Atlantic Menhaden: Live Blog

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10:26:24 PM: We’ll see you bright and early at 8 am for the historic vote on #menhaden! If you have any questions, tweet at us and we’ll keep you posted! 11:26:16 PM: Great energy here in Baltimore over an oily little fish called #menhaden. Stay tuned!11:51:55 PM: We’ll also be following @pewenvironment and @herringalliance for …

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