Fill Your Plate With Chicken Stories

Chicken production in the United States is a colossal industry controlled by a few vertically integrated companies. On a much smaller scale, it’s also heritage breeds and increasingly popular backyard flocks. As the latest avian flu outbreak makes headlines, journalist Christine Heinrichs looks at environmental reporting opportunities related to poultry pathogens, pollution and more.

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Burgeoning National EV Trend Helps Drive Local Environment, Climate Stories

The auto market is getting supercharged by California’s recent decision to require all-electric vehicle sales in a little over a decade. The latest TipSheet looks at how this big national trend will affect climate change by cutting CO2 emissions, how California came to have such an outsized impact on the U.S. market and how local environmental reporters can plug in for stories around their communities.

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"Nuclear’s $6 Billion Bailout Likely to Help Only Diablo Canyon"

"A $6 billion credit program was a centerpiece win for the nuclear industry in last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill—a move aimed to prevent the imminent closure of zero-emissions power plants that struggled to compete with low natural gas prices in the 2010s."

Source: Bloomberg, 09/08/2022

"California’s 2035 Ban On New Gas-Powered Cars Set To Apply To Virginia"

"California’s decision to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars beginning in 2035 will also halt the sale of such vehicles in Virginia due to a 2021 law linking the commonwealth to the western state’s vehicle emissions standards, state attorneys have concluded."

Source: Virginia Mercury, 08/31/2022
September 26, 2022

DEADLINE: Sentient Media Midwest Journalism Fund

This new program is for writers and aspiring writers in the Midwest interested in reporting on agriculture and the environment. The program aims to train reporters, build a support network and culminates in a pitch competition, where the $10,000 fund will be distributed between the successful writers. Apply by Sep 26.

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"When an Oil Well Is Your Neighbor"

"Three years ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised to safeguard the health and safety of people living near oil and gas operations, but change hasn’t come. Millions still live near noxious oil and gas rigs, many long exempt from air pollution rules, as scientific evidence of their harm mounts."

Source: Inside Climate News, 08/30/2022


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