Technology

March 24, 2021

How To Find and Use Satellite Images in Your Stories

The Resilience Media Project at Earth Institute of Columbia University invites journalists to a Noon ET talk with Earthrise Media experts who'll explain why obtaining current satellite images is so difficult, show you what’s available and how to best access them — and how to use your images to the greatest effect.

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Congress Launches Probe Into Multibillion-Dollar 'Clean Coal' Tax Credit

"The U.S. Congress is investigating a multibillion-dollar subsidy for chemically treated coal that is meant to reduce smokestack pollution, after evidence emerged that power plants using the fuel produced more smog not less."

Source: Reuters, 03/16/2021

Infrastructure Week All Year — But Will That Infrastructure Be Green?

A much-anticipated infrastructure bill in Congress could help address the United States’ poorly rated roads, pipes and powerlines. But could the massive measure also do the heavy lifting for much-needed climate policy? The latest Backgrounder takes a deep dive into the context around climate-friendly infrastructure legislation, and looks ahead on what’s expected and how to report it.

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"Solar Storms Can Wreak Havoc. We Need Better Space Weather Forecasts"

"Since December 2019, the sun has been moving into a busier part of its cycle, when increasingly intense pulses of energy can shoot out in all directions. Some of these large bursts of charged particles head right toward Earth. Without a good way to anticipate these solar storms, we’re vulnerable. A big one could take out a swath of our communication systems and power grids before we even knew what hit us."

Source: Science News, 03/11/2021

Biden Rollbacks of Trump Energy-Efficiency Cuts Generate Local Stories

From cardigans to orange tans, the history of presidential politics around energy efficiency has been an odd one. But the story of so-called nega-watts is actually a compelling one. And with new efficiency rules being eyed by the Biden administration, it’s also time for reporters to explore the local angle to energy savings. Our latest TipSheet explains how.

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