Journalists and editors were in the spotlight this week. At the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, attendees grappled with journalists’ role in covering climate change; Robert McClure at Dateline Earth and Richard Littlemore at DeSmogBlog report. Tara C. Smith at Aetiology highlights one cringe-inducing example of a newspaper getting an important statistic wrong, while Revere at Effect Measure criticizes newspapers’ failure to correct factual errors.
Bloggers also pointed out public health-related calendar items: Gloria Feldt at RH Reality Check reminds us to celebrate Margaret Sanger’s birthday (today, 9/14); Grrl Scientist at Living the Scientific Life provides important information for World Suicide Prevention Day (9/10); Tara C. Smith at Aetiology tells us why we should care about World Rabies Day (9/8); and the folks at Deep Sea News have declared this week Microbe Week (“shark week for geeks”).
Amanda at Enviroblog tells Congress how it can give the toothless tiger back its teeth (i.e., get the Consumer Products Safety Commission to do its job).
Nick Anthis at the Scientific Activist explores HIV denialism in South Africa.
Merrill Goozner at GoozNews explains neglected tropical diseases and how to fight them.
Barton Jones at Hazard’s Recognized wonders why OSHA’s new electrical standard is based on old information.
Angry Toxicologist has some possible explanations for the surge in reports of adverse event from prescription drugs.
David Roberts at Gristmill discusses the role of civil society in tackling environmental problems.
Lisa Stiffler at Dateline Earth reports that orcas in the Puget Sound have a PCB problem.