Environmental Studies

Missouri, Florida Journalism Professors Join Classes on Multistate Fertilizer Investigation

What brought together two teams of student reporters, half a dozen states and 1,000 miles apart? For one, the high environmental cost of chemical fertilizer. For another, a pair of dedicated journalism teachers. Cynthia Barnett and Sara Shipley Hiles share how they took the project from daydream to reality, brought students into the field and got pickup from numerous news outlets, in the latest EJ Academy.

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"After Maui Wildfires Kill 96, Search For The Missing Continues"

"The death toll from the Maui wildfires reached 96 on Sunday as relatives of the missing frantically searched for signs their loved ones may still be alive, while survivors grappled with the scale of the disaster and sought solace at church services."

Source: Reuters, 08/14/2023

"NEPA ‘Phase 2’ Revamp Aims To Reverse Trump, Boost Renewables"

"The Biden administration unveiled a highly anticipated proposal Friday aimed at speeding up federal reviews of renewable energy projects and unraveling Trump-era changes to the nation’s bedrock environmental law."

Source: E&E News, 07/31/2023

Expert Advice Helps Journalists Navigate Unfamiliar Scientific Seas

Journalists who lack a strong science background can find themselves in deep water when reporting environmental stories. How do you avoid over- or understating research findings? What’s the difference between observational and experimental studies? And what about those pesky percentages? Former Washington Post science reporter Rick Weiss and his SciLine colleagues have some answers.

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"‘Chronic Wasting Disease’ Found In Florida Deer For First Time"

"A deadly disease that plagues deer was recently detected in the remains of a road-killed deer in Florida — marking the first known instance of the illness found in the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday."

Source: S Fl Sun-Sentinel, 06/26/2023

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