Water & Oceans

"EPA Overturns Approval Of Mississippi Yazoo Pumps Project"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it has overturned the approval of a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta that officials said was erroneously greenlit in the final days of the Trump administration."

Source: AP, 11/18/2021

"After Record Low, Monarch Butterflies Return To California"

"There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California’s central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, reached an all-time low last year."

Source: AP, 11/18/2021
December 8, 2021

SEJ Webinar: Report for America — How You Can Help Strengthen Local Journalism

Learn about Report for America and how to apply for more than 100 full-time journalism positions, including many environmental positions, 10 of which will be offered through a partnership with the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Society of Environmental Journalists. These 10 positions are part of the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, a new collaborative network meant to boost coverage of environmental and agricultural issues throughout the river basin. 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

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"The Pacific Northwest Is in the Midst of a ‘Cascading Hazard’"

"Things are a deadly, dangerous mess in the Pacific Northwest right now. An atmospheric river dumped rain across the region over the weekend, prompting widespread flooding and mudslides. Much of the damage occurred in places still trying to recover from a devastating wildfire season this summer, showing how climate change can compound disasters."

Source: Earther, 11/17/2021

"Coming Off Climate Talks, US To Hold Huge Crude Sale In Gulf"

"The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday will auction vast oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to hold up to 1.1 billion barrels of crude, the first such sale under President Joe Biden and a harbinger of the challenges he faces to reach climate goals that depend on deep cuts in fossil fuel emissions."

Source: AP, 11/17/2021
November 22, 2021

Rediscovering Rachel Carson, Poet of the Sea

Join writer and biologist Sandra Steingraber, editor of a new Library of America edition, for a free online talk and Q&A about Rachel Carson, who was internationally celebrated as a “poet of the sea” for a trilogy of prescient books about the world’s oceans. 6:00 p.m. ET.

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Nations Fail To Agree On Antarctic Conservation For Fifth Straight Year

"Members of the multilateral body responsible for Antarctic marine conservation failed to agree on new measures to protect the Southern Ocean from overfishing. China and Russia blocked all proposals to establish new marine protected areas."

Source: Mongabay, 11/16/2021

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