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"Largest Federal Utility Chooses Gas, Undermining Biden’s Climate Goals"

"The nation’s largest federally owned utility plans to invest more than $3.5 billion in new gas-burning electric plants, despite President Biden’s commitment to swiftly move away from fossil fuels and eliminate greenhouse gases from the power sector in a little more than a decade."

Source: NYTimes, 03/18/2022

EPA Chief Tours Failing Sewage Systems In Alabama Black Belt

"On the eve of the Selma Jubilee, commemorating the “Bloody Sunday” march that helped catalyze support for the Voting Rights Act 57 years ago, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toured Alabama’s Black Belt to witness a different kind of struggle: the battle for clean water and basic sanitation."

Source: Birmingham News, 03/07/2022
March 15, 2022

DEADLINE: Esserman-Knight Journalism Awards

These annual awards celebrate and encourage outstanding investigative and public service reporting in South Florida and to foster a community that cares deeply about local news. $10,000 first prize, $5,000 second prize, and honorable mentions at $1,000. Nominations due March 15, 2022.

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"Chicken Frenzy: A State Awash in Hog Farms Faces a Poultry Boom"

"Long home to industrial hog facilities, North Carolina has seen a huge increase in large-scale poultry farms, with more than 1,000 added in 2020 alone. The state scarcely regulates the poultry industry and its waste, which threatens waters in low-wealth communities of color."

Source: YaleE360, 02/28/2022

Florida Chemical Plant Has Fallen Behind in Cutting Nitrous Oxide

"Documents show that Ascend Performance Materials, the nation’s largest emitter of nitrous oxide, is still emitting significant amounts of the climate super-pollutant."

"Efforts by the nation’s largest emitter of nitrous oxide to rein in the release of the potent greenhouse gas are behind schedule, allowing the emissions, which are relatively easy to eliminate, to continue to fuel climate change.

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/21/2022

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