Environmental Health

New Landsat 9 Offers Variety of Resource Stories

The launch of NASA’s new Landsat Earth-observing satellite is a reminder to reporters that millions of images from over five decades can help unearth many environmental trends, whether deforestation, coastal erosion, suburban sprawl or wildfire impacts. The new Reporter’s Toolbox explains how the service works and how to access the resource, along with examples of prize-winning stories.

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October 7, 2021

An Indigenous Perspective on the Rights of Nature – 2021 Doug Walker Lecture

You're invited to the 2021 Doug Walker Lecture exporing an Indigenous perspective on nature’s fundamental rights and the health and wellness of all with Paulette Jordan (pictured), founder and chairwoman of Save the American Salmon and proud member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe. 8:30 p.m. ET.

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NC Civil Rights Groups Say Hog Waste ‘Biogas’ Harms Communities of Color

"Two North Carolina civil rights organizations have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the approval by state environmental regulators of a plan to produce “biogas” from vast waste lagoons at large industrial hog operations despite what they say is the likelihood that the project will increase air and water pollution."

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/30/2021

"The ‘Burn Scars’ of Wildfires Threaten the West’s Drinking Water"

"Colorado saw its worst fire season last year, with the three largest fires in state history and more than 600,000 acres burned. But some of the effects didn’t appear until this July, when heavy rain pushed sediment from damaged forests down mountainsides, causing mudslides that shut down sections of Interstate 70 for almost two weeks."

Source: Kaiser Health News, 09/28/2021

Young Climate Activists Join Greta Thunberg For Major Strikes Worldwide

"Young people around the world spilled into streets, city squares and local parks on Friday, following the call of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, for the first big, in-person, coordinated climate protests since the start of the coronavirus pandemic."

Source: Washington Post, 09/27/2021

Defense Bill Would Require 'Forever Chemical' Testing At Military Sites

"The National Defense Act Authorization (NDAA) passed by the House on Thursday night would require the Pentagon to factor in extreme weather risks and publish studies on a class of toxic “forever chemicals.”"

Source: The Hill, 09/27/2021

"Biden, Congress Face Big Week For Agenda, Government Funding"

"It’s a consequential week for President Joe Biden’s agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” package to win over remaining lawmakers and work to quickly pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown."

Source: AP, 09/27/2021


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