The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tightened its standard for ground-level ozone, a component of smog, to improve health and also proposed a secondary standard for the environment. The standards were in the range recommended by the agency's science advisory council, unlike in past controversies.
A group of scientists called on EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to stop issuing permits for coal mining that removes mountaintops and buries streams. They reviewed research on the environmental impact of the process.
Rajiv Shah was sworn in as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He had been in charge of USDA research since June. No word on a replacement.
Yesterday, the BBC Trust, which overseas the various BBC journalism and entertainment outlets, announced that it would conduct a review to ensure the accuracy and impartiality of its science coverage; the findings should come out next year.