Andrew Leonard at How the World Works has rounded up posts about the role of climate change in the California wildfires, and concludes that environmentalists are expressing themselves with nuance. Ben at Technology, Health & Development points out that the particulate-matter density in the areas affected by the fires is still less than levels typically seen in homes where biomass is burned for fuel.
Coturnix at A Blog Around the Clock reports that the Senate has passed a bill that includes a provision mandating public access to NIH-funded research – a major step for proponents of open access. The American Chemical Society opposes open access, and came under scrutiny this week from several ScienceBloggers, including Revere at Effect Measure, Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics in Science, and Alex Palazzo at The Daily Transcript.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere:
Merrill Goozner at GoozNews questions the oft-cited line that it costs nearly a billion dollars to develop a new drug.
The Olive Ridley Crawl looks at social effects linked to leaded gasoline.
Lisa Stiffler at Dateline Earth alerts us to possible changes to the Mining Law of 1872.
Wayne Shields and Rivka Gordon at the new blog Science Progress argue that the appointment of an anti-contraception enthusiast to the Office of Population Affairs is just one example of how easy it’s become to take an anti-science position in the U.S. – and that this situation has arisen because we’ve failed to communicate scientific values effectively.
Rupert Walder at RH Reality Check attended the Women Deliver conference in London and reports that attitudes towards maternal health have changed for the better. (And congratulations to RH Reality Check for winning the 2007 Global Media Award for Best Electronic Forum!)
Craig Hildreth at The Cheerful Oncologist lists 25 skills he thinks every doctor should possess.