Government

As Hurricane Season Looms, Biden Doubles Funding To Prepare For Extremes

"Administration will also launch NASA initiative aimed at collecting better climate data"

"President Biden announced Monday that he was doubling the amount of money the U.S. government will spend helping communities get set for extreme weather events, proclaiming the need for full readiness as he visited government workers and told them to prepare for another season of natural disasters.

Source: Washington Post, 05/25/2021

"Electricity: Documents Reveal Natural Gas Chaos In Texas Blackouts"

"Texas' electricity leaders were deeply focused on natural gas shortages days before blackouts crippled the state in February and plunged the state's power industry into chaos, according to documents obtained by E&E News."

Source: E&E News, 05/21/2021

"Biden Orders U.S. Agencies To Assess, Mitigate Risks Of Climate Change"

"President Joe Biden on Thursday directed federal agencies to assess and mitigate the increasing and serious risks that climate change poses to individuals, businesses, the federal government and the U.S. financial system, the White House said."

Source: Reuters, 05/21/2021
June 1, 2021

DEADLINE: Gumshoe Group's Public Records Payment Scheme for Freelancers

If you're a freelancer with an idea for a public records-based investigative project, the Gumshoe Group is offering grants of up to $1,500 to fund the research and work of filing open-records requests for your reporting project. May also include legal support. Apply by Jun 1, 2021.

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Webinar Offers Insight Into Complexities of Environmental Justice Reporting

Long overlooked or misunderstood outside of the communities they affected, issues of environmental equity are now increasingly the focus of both government action and journalistic digging. A recent webinar from the Society of Environmental Journalists explored new developments with this many-layered challenge and offered advice on how it can be better covered. Webinar moderator and reporter Perla Trevizo has a rundown.

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Storm Surge Maps Help Envision Potential Hurricane Flood Catastrophes

Dangerous storm surge that often follows hurricanes can be the focus of life-saving journalism. Reporter’s Toolbox helps environmental journalists get ahead of storm surge with a key resource — a powerful government database and related maps showing surge hazards. Together with real-time advisories and a better understanding of what causes storm surge, Toolbox helps you better cover this danger.

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To-Do List for Climate Change Gas Methane Is Long, Challenging … and Newsy

The climate change gas methane, relatively little controlled but with a global warming potential many times that of carbon dioxide, has been much in the news recently and promises to remain there. The latest Backgrounder helps environmental journalists track the problem by detailing methane’s sources — from oil and gas production, agriculture and landfills — and the politics surrounding its regulation.

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