People & Population

April 23, 2024

On Thin Ice: Covering Climate Adaptation in a Rapidly Changing World

How are communities in Puerto Rico, Namibia, Mongolia and the Arctic adapting to their changing environments? Join the Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow Program for a Zoom discussion on climate adaptation efforts around the world, followed by audience Q&A. 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. 

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"Mapping America’s Access To Nature, Neighborhood By Neighborhood"

"Using satellite imagery and data on dozens of factors — including air and noise pollution, park space, open water and tree canopy — NatureQuant has distilled the elements of health-supporting nature into a single variable called NatureScore. Aggregated to the level of Census tracts — roughly the size of a neighborhood — the data provide a high-resolution image of where nature is abundant and where it is lacking across the United States."

Source: Washington Post, 04/11/2024

US Wildfires Get Bigger And More Complex, Changing Firefighting Workforce

"With fires growing in size and duration, federal officials in charge of juggling resources and dispatching crews are pivoting to a new business model they describe as the biggest shift in wildfire management in decades."

Source: AP, 04/10/2024

"Swiss Women Win Landmark Climate Case At Europe Top Human Rights Court"

"Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that the Swiss government had violated the human rights of its citizens by failing to do enough to combat climate change, in a decision that will set a precedent for future climate lawsuits."

Source: Reuters, 04/10/2024

"Mercury Exposure Widespread Among Yanomami Tribe In Amazon, Report Finds"

"Many Yanomami, the Amazon’s largest Indigenous tribe in relative isolation, have been contaminated with mercury coming from widespread illegal gold mining, according to a report released on Thursday by Brazil’s top public health institute."

Source: AP, 04/05/2024

As Climate Changes, Sami Herders Need To Feed Reindeer As Rain Creates Ice

"Driving slowly on his snowmobile, reindeer herder Nils Mathis Sara spreads animal feed for hundreds of his reindeer gathered in the Finnmark mountain plateau in Arctic Norway - something he wished he did not have to do."

Source: Reuters, 04/05/2024

"Despite Official Vote, the Evidence of the Anthropocene Is Clear"

"When a governing body of the International Union of Geological Sciences voted down a proposal to name a new epoch in Earth’s history, it ignored conclusive evidence that for the first time, a single species — humans — has fundamentally altered the planet."

Source: YaleE360, 04/04/2024

"Extreme Drought In Southern Africa Leaves Millions Hungry"

"Delicately and with intense concentration, Zanyiwe Ncube poured her small share of precious golden cooking oil into a plastic bottle at a food aid distribution site deep in rural Zimbabwe." "They’re aiming to help some of the 2.7 million people in rural Zimbabwe threatened with hunger because of the drought that has enveloped large parts of southern Africa since late 2023."

Source: AP, 04/02/2024

"Bird Flu Spreads To Dairy Cows In Idaho, Michigan And New Mexico"

"A highly virulent bird flu first detected in dairy cows in Texas and Kansas this week has spread to additional herds, bringing the number of affected states to five and adding evidence the virus may be spreading cow-to-cow."

Source: Washington Post, 04/02/2024

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