Northwest (OR WA)

February 21, 2024

SEJ Webinar: How To Use Data From Grist's Land Grab University 2.0 Investigation

In this SEJ webinar, you'll learn how to use state trust land data from Grist's latest project, a follow up to the 2020 High Country News investigation, which examined how land grant institutions got their land and money. We'll show you how to use our data set on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 1-2pm ET.


"First Of Two Atmospheric River Storms Arrives In California Today"

"A storm tapping into a so-called "pineapple express" type of atmospheric river is beginning to track into California and the Northwest, and it will be followed by another potent storm late this weekend. Flooding rain, landslides, heavy mountain snow and strong winds will accompany both of these systems."

Source: Weather Channel, 01/31/2024

Clearing the Smoke — Collaboration Exposes Impacts of Wildfire Pollution-Reporting Rules

Climate change is fueling the frequency and severity of wildfires, but a little-known Clean Air Act rule lets environmental agencies downplay the impacts of wildfire smoke. A collaborative investigation into this loophole connected dots that even the experts didn’t know about. Journalists Dillon Bergin and Molly Peterson explain their reporting process and offer advice for following your own local leads.

SEJ Publication Types: 
April 3, 2024 to April 12, 2024

Science Talk ’24

The Association of Science Communicators' 2024 annual conference takes place in person April 11-12, 2024 in Portland, OR and virtually everywhere April 3-12. The theme is "Opening Doors."

Topics on the Beat: 

"Oregon’s Drinking Water Is at Risk From Clearcutting"

"The forests that blanket the foothills of the Coast Range are crucial to holding onto freshwater and keeping it drinkable. But for years, local residents have suspected that clearcutting by private logging companies in the area has endangered their precious freshwater resource. Now, a new joint report from NASA and Oregon-based nonprofit Oregon Wild confirms coastal residents’ observations and echoes their concerns."

Source: Sierra, 12/01/2023


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