In case you missed it, the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center launched its first annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. Makes for an interesting read.
See http://watchlist.vermontlaw.edu/ .
Statistics are used throughout science both by those proposing a conclusion and those opposed to said conclusion.
Statistics form the basis for a wide variety of claims made about environmental, medical, and toxicological matters. I would even go so far as to note that they are often utilized by charlatans...