Can consumption in the classroom become a reporting exercise for budding journalists? Our quarterly EJ Academy column explores how collegiate educators can handle sustainability questions. Should students be discouraged from using plastic water bottles? And should faculty use electronic handouts and texts instead of paper copies? Top instructors weigh in.
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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.
A new rule expands hunting and fishing in National Wildlife Refuges and fish hatcheries, and that means potential impacts on critically important public policy around fish and wildlife conservation. The latest TipSheet offers up story ideas and resources for local coverage of the story.
"An algal bloom in the Gulf is devastating coastal businesses."
"Louisiana activists battling a polluting chemical and plastics industry are claiming a victory in a community just outside Reserve, where the Guardian has investigated high cancer rates and toxic emissions from a nearby factory."
"Environmental groups are watching dozens of lagoons of swine waste stored directly in Hurricane Dorian’s path in North Carolina with growing trepidation, fearful that a breach will release millions of gallons of manure."
To help better cover Hurricane Dorian, SEJournal offers a range of resources. Get the latest hurricane headlines, see our Hurricane Toolbox, a Backgrounder on hurricanes and another on infrastructure, and a range of hurricane TipSheets on getting ready, reporting the numbers, storm surge, flooding and flood insurance, dam failures and toxic floodwaters (plus more). Also, an Inside Story on how an SEJ Award-winner looked ahead at prospects of a perfect storm, and a hurricane-inspired student project.
"North Carolina lawmakers’ efforts to limit scientists’ reporting on sea level rise became the butt of jokes back in 2012. Now a decision from that time, the Coastal Resources Commission determination to have its science advisory panel present sea level rise forecasts looking only 30 years ahead, is being reconsidered."
The new book, “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy,” takes what our reviewer calls an illuminating look into the politics and economics of energy development. The volume examines the decade-long effort to build long-distance transmission lines for wind-generated electricity. More in our latest BookShelf review.
"In the patchwork of rice fields and pastures spreading across southwest Louisiana is a parcel Jay Lewis’ family has called their own for longer than anyone can remember."