Environmental Health

"An Explosive Problem: The Radford Arsenal’s Toxic Operations"

"At military bases across the country, the Department of Defense (DoD) has for decades relied on a practice known as open burn/open detonation (OB/OD) to destroy excess, unserviceable, or obsolete military munitions, including small arms cartridges, rockets, mortars, missiles, and other items."

Source: Ctr. for Progressive Reform, 09/29/2022

"Key Takeaways From Biden's Conference On Hunger And Nutrition In America"

"President Biden pushed for Congress to permanently extend the child tax credit, raise the minimum wage and expand nutrition assistance programs to help reduce hunger rates as he opened the second-ever conference on food insecurity and diet-related diseases. But the administration faces a sharp uphill battle."

Source: NPR, 09/29/2022

Texas Is Now the Nation’s Biggest Emitter of Toxics Into Water

"Texas is a notably easy place to set up shop for industrial projects with lots of liquid waste and nowhere good to put it. The state’s waterways are open for business, an analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data shows, to send large volumes of discarded chemicals and industrial discharge downstream and out to sea."

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/28/2022

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism Awards $47,342 To Support Stories on U.S. Public Lands

Sep 30, 2022 — The Fund for Environmental Journalism has awarded $47,342 for 12 projects selected through the 2022 round of competition for stories on U.S. public lands (lands owned and/or managed by federal, state, local or tribal governments).

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October 3, 2022 to October 5, 2022

Pacific Ecological Security Conference

This first-ever conference, co-hosted by the East-West Center in Koror, Palau, will explore a coordinated region-wide response against invasive species that threaten ecosystem sustainability, food security, quality of life and climate resilience across the Pacific Islands.

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"Civil Rights Law Targets ‘Cancer Alley’ Discrimination"

"Sprawling industrial complexes line the drive east along the Mississippi River to the majority-Black town of Reserve, Louisiana. In the last seven miles the road passes a massive, rust-colored aluminum-oxide refinery, then the Evonik chemical plant, then rows of white tanks at the Marathon oil refinery."

Source: AP, 09/26/2022

"Why Climate-Change 'Loss And Damage' Will Be A Hot Topic At COP27"

"As large parts of the planet struggle with climate-inflicted woes, from floods in Pakistan to forest fires in the United States, the thorny issue of how to address "loss and damage" driven by global warming has risen up the political agenda."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 09/26/2022

Toolbox on Nature-Based Solutions and Native/Indigenous Perspectives

As concerns over global warming, the endangerment of plant and animal species, and water rights escalate, many environmentalists are turning to Indigenous people for guidance. As part of a Society of Environmental Journalists special initiative focused on covering climate solutions, we take a closer look at nature-based solutions and Indigenous people with reporter Brian Bull. Check out a resource toolbox and stay tuned for a reporting tipsheet in coming weeks. Plus, be sure to register for a Sept. 28 webinar on covering Indigenous communities and nature-based climate solutions.

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