Planning & Growth

Plan To Expand Texas Highway Stalled Over Environmental Racism Concerns

"Texas is crisscrossed by thousands of miles of freeways, but a Houston-area county is suing the state to stop one of them being expanded, arguing the air pollution and displacement will primarily harm minority communities."

Source: Guardian, 03/24/2021

Infrastructure Week All Year — But Will That Infrastructure Be Green?

A much-anticipated infrastructure bill in Congress could help address the United States’ poorly rated roads, pipes and powerlines. But could the massive measure also do the heavy lifting for much-needed climate policy? The latest Backgrounder takes a deep dive into the context around climate-friendly infrastructure legislation, and looks ahead on what’s expected and how to report it.

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After Backing Green Building Codes, Local Governments Lose Right To Vote

"The private consortium that oversees the model building codes for much of the United States and parts of the Caribbean and Latin America on Thursday stripped local governments of their right to vote on future energy-efficiency codes."

Source: HuffPost, 03/05/2021

"Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced."

"Officials in Miami-Dade County, where climate models predict two feet or more of sea-level rise by 2060, have released an upbeat strategy for living with more water, one that focused on elevating homes and roads, more dense construction farther inland and creating more open space for flooding in low-lying areas."

Source: NYTimes, 03/03/2021

Grid Data Can Guide Reporting on Power Disasters

The power and water fiasco that followed a deep freeze in Texas was a predictable debacle and, thus, a warning signal to journalists covering disasters and climate-driven weather extremes. To help, the latest Reporter’s Toolbox provides a rundown of data sources about power grids, from local, regional and national entities, and recommends you start tracking the numbers and be prepared.

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October 21, 2021 to October 22, 2021

2nd Annual Conference: Shifting Climates, Shifting People

The Center for EcoJustice at the Iliff School of Theology (Denver) will host its second annual conference virtually, focusing on the intersection of environmental racism and immigration.

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February 23, 2021

Reporting Fellow Alumni Panel: Science, Health, and Environmental Storytelling

Join the Pulitzer Center, Missouri School of Journalism and Society of Environmental Journalists at 11:00 a.m. CT for a panel discussion on science, health, and environmental reporting. Four Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow alums will share their reporting experiences, and a Q&A session will follow.

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Super-Heated Year Ahead on Energy & Environment News

The Biden administration has moved rapidly to reset energy and environment policies dramatically shifted by the Trump White House. But how quickly can such a reversal occur, what are the priorities and what are the critical pathways for change? To help sort out the latest news and track larger trends, SEJournal offers this overview and analysis, part of our extensive “2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment.”

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Public Health Infrastructure Emerges As Critical Environmental Story

A pandemic and a weakened public health framework underscore how essential is the public health reporting function of environmental journalism. The latest TipSheet entry in our ongoing special report, “2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment,” explores what’s ahead and asks are health agencies too hollowed out to serve? Plus, story ideas and extensive reporting resources.

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