Australia & Oceania

Algae — Society’s Big, Green … and Emerging Menace

It’s poisoning fresh waters across the United States, as well as elsewhere in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Blue-green algae is on the rise, lingering later and later into the year. Our new Issue Backgrounder explains the contributing factors behind the potent toxin’s scourge, its societal and public health ramifications, and the many angles and resources to tell the story.

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"How One Billionaire Could Keep 3 Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades"

"The vast, untapped coal reserve in northeastern Australia had for years been the object of desire for the Indian industrial giant Adani. In June, when the Australian authorities granted the company approval to extract coal from the reserve, they weren’t just rewarding its lobbying and politicking, they were also opening the door for Adani to realize its grand plan for a coal supply chain that stretches across three countries."

Source: NY Times, 08/16/2019

Primer Helps To Prep for Reporting on PFAS

It’s a category of more than 4,000 industrial chemicals that affect our lives nearly every day — and many of which are toxic. So what do journalists need to know to report on the emerging contaminants known as PFAS? Our most recent Issue Backgrounder offers a detailed primer on what PFAS are, where they come from, what their health effects are and how they might be cleaned up.

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October 31, 2019

DEADLINE: OneClass Freshman Scholarship

OneClass, an education technology company in Toronto, Ontario, is giving away scholarships ranging from US$450 - $2000 to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment full-time in the 2019/2020 academic year at an accredited US, Canadian or Australian post-secondary institution. Deadline: Oct 31, 2019.

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