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October 5, 2021

Wild Deep Yonder: Covering Piracy, Overfishing, Mining and Other Crises Above and Below the Surface

Join National Geographic's Douglas Main for a Kavli Conversation, hosted by NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, with award-winning investigative reporter Ian Urbina, formerly of the New York Times, and marine biologist/author Helen Scales. 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET. Free registration required.

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Cowabunga: "Scientists Drove A Robotic Surfboard Into Hurricane Sam"

"Scientists with Saildrone and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration managed to drive a robotic surfboard into the core of Category 4 Hurricane Sam on Thursday, in a first-of-its-kind scientific mission as they try to better understand hurricanes."

Source: Washington Post, 10/01/2021

"EPA's 'Scientific Integrity' Program Lacks Teeth, Group Alleges"

"Insiders at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have alleged dozens of violations of the agency's "scientific integrity" policy over the last few years, including complaints of political interference and tampering with chemical risk assessments, but nearly all the complaints have been ignored, according to an analysis conducted by a nonprofit group representing EPA employees."

Source: EHN, 09/30/2021

Two Communities, Two Hazards and the Two Award-Winners Reporting Them

Two outstanding features — one on air pollution from a local coke plant in Pennsylvania, another on deaths from a shellfish toxin in Alaska, and both focused on public health, neglected communities and environmental justice — are the subject of the new Inside Story Q&A. Society of Environmental Journalists’ award-winners Nancy Averett and Zoya Teirstein share their reporting insights and advice.

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Extinction of Indigenous Languages Harms Knowledge Of Medicinal Plants

"A study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland shows that a large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is linked to threatened Indigenous languages. In a regional study on the Amazon, New Guinea and North America, researchers concluded that 75% of medicinal plant uses are known in only one language."

Source: Mongabay, 09/21/2021

"New Evidence of Corruption at EPA Chemicals Division"

"Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have provided The Intercept with new information showing that senior staff have made chemicals appear safer — sometimes dodging restrictions on their use — by minimizing the estimates of how much is released into the environment."

Source: The Intercept, 09/21/2021

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