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Global Satellite Data IDs Tensions Between Food Production, Biodiversity

A recent study of global cropland expansion highlights several trends that are ripe with environmental news stories. One finding: New farm fields have taken over an area the size of Texas and California combined since the start of the century, an expansion primarily affecting biodiversity-rich natural ecosystems, with Africa leading the cropland boom. Freelancer Gabriel Popkin explores the latest data and the reporting possibilities.

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How — And Why —To Avoid Jargon When Covering Climate

Climate change reporting is sometimes peppered with jargon that confounds rather than clearly communicates. Audiences may miss not just one story’s message, but lose interest in the broader topic. Contributor Rebecca Hersher, a science reporter for National Public Radio, writes how the public’s connection with climate information increases when both journalists and scientists strive to replace elite terminology with simple and accurate language.

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"US Officials Reverse Course On Pesticide’s Harm To Wildlife"

"U.S. wildlife officials reversed their previous finding that a widely used and highly toxic pesticide could jeopardize dozens of plants and animals with extinction, after receiving pledges from chemical manufacturers that they will change product labels for malathion so that it’s used more carefully by gardeners, farmers and other consumers."

Source: AP, 03/09/2022

Houston Plays Host to First On-Site SEJ Conference Since 2019

Environmental journalists from around the country and beyond will gather in Houston later this month for the Society of Environmental Journalists’ 31st annual conference. Widely known as the energy capital of the world, this highly diverse city is an ideal place to drill down on the causes and consequences of climate change and other environmental issues of the day.

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April 3, 2022

DEADLINE: Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communication

This new National Academies award offers $600,000 in prizes annually in six categories to science journalists and scientists whose work will help society meet the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, future pandemics and more. Plus training and professional development opportunities. Apr 3, 2022 deadline.

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Whistleblower Alleges Facebook Misled Investors About Climate

"Legal experts called the filings a ‘creative’ approach to holding the tech giant accountable for misinformation"

"A pair of whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this month allege Facebook misled investors about its efforts to combat climate change and covid-19 misinformation, according to redacted copies of the documents viewed by The Washington Post.

Source: Washington Post, 02/21/2022

"UN To Finalize Science Report On How Warming Hits Home Hard"

"Scientists and governments met Monday to finalize a major U.N. report on how global warming disrupts people’s lives, their natural environment and the Earth itself. Don’t expect a flowery valentine to the planet: instead an activist group predicted “a nightmare painted in the dry language of science.”

Source: AP, 02/14/2022

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