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"Disinformation Is One of Climate Summit’s Biggest Challenges"

"As the world’s leaders gather this week at a major summit to discuss ways to address the effects of global warming, one of the greatest obstacles they face is disinformation." "Online influencers, fossil fuel companies and some of the countries attending COP28 have nourished a feedback loop of falsehoods."

Source: NYTimes, 12/01/2023

What Francis' Latest Climate Text Means for Upcoming UN Summit

Pope Francis’ planned history-making trip to the latest global climate conference has been thwarted by illness. But his passionate advocacy for the environment still will be felt through his hot-off-the-press apostolic exhortation about the climate crisis. National Catholic Reporter’s environment correspondent Brian Roewe unpacks the pope’s new eco-document and explains how it relates to international climate diplomacy at and beyond Dubai.

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Between the Lines — Author Explores Experience of Living Through Climate Change

To make climate change less abstract and more direct, writer Madeline Ostrander traveled the country to speak to those living with its impacts in the places they call home. In a BookShelf “Between the Lines” Q&A, Ostrander discusses her resulting book, “At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth,” and addresses the lenses she used, the characters she portrayed and the surprises she encountered.

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"Mucus-Covered Jellyfish Hint at Dangers of Deep-Sea Mining"

"A treasure trove of metal is hiding at the bottom of the ocean. Potato-size nodules of iron and manganese litter the seafloor, and metal-rich crusts cover underwater mountains and chimneys along hydrothermal vents. Deep-sea mining companies have set their sights on these minerals, aiming to use them in batteries and electronics. Environmentalists warn that the mining process and the plumes of sediment it would dump back into the sea could affect marine life."

Source: NYTimes, 11/22/2023

"Texas Board Rejects Many Science Textbooks Over Climate Change Messaging"

"A Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education on Friday rejected seven of 12 proposed science textbooks for eighth graders that for the first time will require them to include information on climate change."

Source: Texas Tribune, 11/20/2023
January 31, 2024

DEADLINE: The Ferriss-UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship

The U.C. Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics invites applications for one of ten $10,000 reporting grants for journalists reporting in-depth print and audio stories on the science, policy, business and culture of this new era of psychedelics. Open to journalists worldwide. Deadline: Jan 31, 2024.

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