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"Extreme Heat Is Closing Schools, Widening Learning Gaps Worldwide"

"Hena Khan, a grade nine student in Dhaka, has struggled to focus on her studies this week as temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the capital city." "There is no real education in schools in this punishing heat," she said. "Teachers can't teach, students can't concentrate. Rather, our lives are at risk."

Source: Reuters, 05/01/2024

"U.S. Plan to Protect Oceans Has a Problem, Some Say: Too Much Fishing"

"New details of the Biden administration’s signature conservation effort, made public this month amid a burst of other environmental announcements, have alarmed some scientists who study marine protected areas because the plan would count certain commercial fishing zones as conserved."

Source: NYTimes, 05/01/2024

"Plastic Pollution Talks Make Modest Progress But Sidestep Production Curbs"

"Negotiations on a future global treaty to tackle soaring plastic pollution ran overtime into Tuesday morning amid tense debates over whether the world should seek to limit the amount of plastic being made. As the week-long talks in the Canadian capital of Ottawa ended before dawn, countries agreed to continue their work in ad hoc meetings before the final summit starting Nov. 25 in Busan, South Korea."

Source: Reuters, 05/01/2024

#SEJSpotlight: Shamsuddin Illius, Chittagong Bureau Chief, The Business Standard

Meet SEJ member Shamsuddin Illius! Shamsuddin is an award-winning Climate and Environmental journalist based in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has been working at The Business Standard (TBS) as the Chittagong Bureau Chief since 2019. He also works as a stringer for Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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"Study Says It’s Likely A Warmer World Made Deadly Dubai Downpours Heavier"

"Circumstantial evidence points to climate change as worsening the deadly deluge that just flooded Dubai and other parts of the Persian Gulf, but scientists didn’t discover the definitive fingerprints of greenhouse gas-triggered warming they have seen in other extreme weather events, a new report found."

Source: AP, 04/29/2024

Cross-Border Project Exposes Extent of PFAS Contamination in Europe

A dozen European news partners collaborated last year to gather a massive set of water, soil and organism samples that pointed to more than 17,000 PFAS-contaminated sites in the region, many known to authorities but kept from the public. The award-winning project was led by Le Monde’s Stéphane Horel, who spoke with SEJournal for the latest Inside Story Q&A.

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