25 Feb '18, 1am

@NickKristof Some relevant thoughts about dose from back in 2011 on #DotEarth > Behind Toxic Headlines

A recent post here touched on how reporters and scientists might help foster public understanding of scientific questions that can inflame public passions. The same challenges (and opportunities) emerge whenever complex, evolving science underpins contentious or consequential questions — whether in discerning a human contribution to flood and storm patterns or a chemical contribution to childhood illness. Both have been in the headlines this week. I’ll focus on chemicals and health here, exploring some of the rather portentous coverage of a new study of chemicals detected in pregnant women . There’s value in having a look, particularly in a world where so much information, and potential misinformation, is flowing nonstop. Developing the ability to read behind headlines can help news consumers avoid a constant sense of whiplash . What follows is simply a brief exploration o...

Full article: https://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/behind-toxi...

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