ESA Inaction Spells Trouble for an Iconic Grassland Bird

The lesser prairie-chicken is in dire need of protection, but a decision on listing it under the Endangered Species Act is months overdue. Environmental reporter Mike Smith looks at the causes and potential consequences of the bureaucratic delay and muses on whether this unique bird will go the way of its even more imperiled relative, the Attwater’s prairie-chicken.

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Could Biodiversity Be Bee’s Knees for Environmental Journalists This Fall?

While a global gathering on biodiversity this winter will be news in itself, enterprising reporters can also find many biodiversity stories in their own backyards. The latest TipSheet offers insight into the domestic U.S. battle over endangered species, with a tale of a Tennessee dam, and a better understanding of the biodiversity-habitat connection. Plus, story ideas and reporting resources.

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"Garland Formally Bars Justice Dept. From Seizing Reporters’ Records"

"The Justice Department on Wednesday formally banned the use of subpoenas, warrants or court orders to seize reporters’ communications records or demand their notes or testimony in an effort to uncover confidential sources in leak investigations, in what amounts to a major policy shift."

Source: NYTimes, 10/27/2022

Sleuths Tap Obscure Toxics Database To ID Loophole on PFAS

Data specialists working with two databases, one familiar and one little-known, have uncovered how companies may be able to hide releases of the family of toxic PFAS chemicals. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox details the data revelation and explores how journalists may make use of the Chemical Data Reporting service’s datasets for their own stories.

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November 2, 2022

Engaging in EPA's Upcoming Proposed PFAS Drinking Water Regulatory Process

The US EPA invites you to learn more about Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, actions under the Safe Drinking Water Act to develop a proposed PFAS drinking water regulation and how to participate in the rulemaking process and offer EPA input on the proposed rule once it is published. 2:30-4:00 p.m E.T.


"New Climate Czar Signals Shift to Climate Law Implementation"

"President Joe Biden’s new national climate adviser may not have the high profile of his predecessor, but observers say Ali Zaidi’s mix of policy and economic chops are just what the administration needs to execute its agenda."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/18/2022


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