Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

Doc on Rare Porpoise Wins Sundance Award

An environmental documentary that follows a risk-laden effort to save a rare and elusive porpoise won over audiences at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Correspondent JoAnn Valenti takes a look at the film, along with other documentaries that explore the role of journalists and journalism. 

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May 1, 2020

DEADLINE: Institute for Environmental Journalism Summer 2020

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization InsideClimate News' summer journalism program is for high school students and recent grads to explore the nation's most pressing environmental concerns, Jul 5-17, 2020, through ambitious journalism immersed in the rugged coast of Maine at the College of the Atlantic. Scholarships available. Deadline: May 1.

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Border Wall a Way into Environmental Stories

The fierce contest over the Trump border wall has critical environmental implications, both local and regional, per the latest TipSheet. A key suit against the Trump emergency declaration was filed by environmental groups and plans for a border barrier may harm significant wildlife habitat, as well as numerous migrating species, including some that are endangered. Get the back story and why it matters, along with story ideas and reporting resources.

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"Border Barrier No One Wants Grows Without Money to Slow Spread"

"Carrizo cane is the border wall no one wants. A pernicious plant on the banks of the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border, carrizo cane (Arundo donax) grows as much as 30 feet tall and so thick that people entering the country illegally can easily hide in it. Border patrol officers can’t see into it. Infrared signals can’t penetrate it."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 02/21/2019
February 20, 2019

Webinar: Managing the Promise and Risk of Infrastructure Development

This free webinar, starting at 9:00 a.m. EST, is planned around the launch of the Arcus Foundation’s report, State of the Apes: Infrastructure Development and Ape Conservation. World Bank and conservationist experts will discuss prevention and mitigation of infrastructure-related harm to local communities, biodiversity and critical habitats. Can't make it? A replay of the video will be available after the event.

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March 12, 2023

DEADLINE: Ida B. Wells Fellowship

This one-year fellowship, honoring the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter, promotes diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work. Fellows receive $25,000, travel and other costs, editorial guidance from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations and more. Deadline is Mar 12, 2023.

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June 10, 2024

DEADLINE: Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication

The BBVA Foundation of Spain's award recognizes the work of professionals in any country that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues, especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change. Cash prize of 100,000 euros. Deadline is Jun 10, 2024.

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