Archive for July 14th, 2010

The Oil Spill's Smallest Survivors Released into Atlantic

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | July 14, 2010 9:56 am

large_24630The first sea turtle eggs rescued from the Gulf have hatched! From the Associated Press:

About 700 sea turtle nests — each containing about 100 eggs — are being trucked from oiled shores along the Gulf to Cape Canaveral, where they’re kept at a climate-controlled facility. The turtles are being released into the Atlantic as they hatch.

Scientists feared that a generation of the imperiled species would die if they hatched and swam into the oil.

One small step toward restoration. One giant leap for the oil spill’s tiniest refugees. They face a tough road ahead.

Godspeed and good luck little dudes!

(Photo: The Ocean Conservancy)
CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation, Marine Science

Obama's "War on Science"?

By Chris Mooney | July 14, 2010 8:02 am

There was a pretty disturbing story in the Los Angeles Times recently about how much trouble some government scientists are having in the Obama administration–which has not formally issued its promised scientific integrity rules yet.

Now, organizations whose work I trust, like Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Union of Concerned Scientists, are going on record saying that there are some serious cases of science being suppressed or interfered with in various government agencies. I have not independently investigated any of the cases here, but you have got to take these kinds of charges seriously.

Let’s go through some claims from the Times article, to list and also to comment: Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science
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