Water & Oceans

Denmark, U.S., 12 Other Nations Back Tougher Climate Goal For Shipping

"Denmark, the United States and 12 other countries on Monday backed a goal to reduce emissions by the global maritime sector to zero by 2050, a target to be fleshed out in negotiations at the United Nations shipping agency."

Source: Reuters, 11/02/2021
November 19, 2021

Offshore Wind Energy on California’s Central Coast: What You Need to Know

The federal government wants to open 399 square miles of the Pacific Ocean along California’s Central Coast to floating offshore wind turbine development. The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune will hold a Live Q&A with a panel of experts to discuss this issue. 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

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Human Rights Group To Investigate Uranium Contamination On Navajo Nation

"Rita Capitan has been worrying about her water since 1994. It was that autumn she read a local newspaper article about another uranium mine, the Crownpoint Uranium Project, getting under way near her home. Capitan has spent her entire life in Crownpoint, New Mexico, a small town on the eastern Navajo Nation, and is no stranger to the uranium mining that has persisted in the region for decades."

Source: Guardian, 10/28/2021

"Amplify Energy Cashed Out Cleanup Fund While Racking Up Violations"

"Years before Amplify Energy made headlines for its ruptured pipeline that spewed oil into Southern California ocean waters in early October, the company’s owners were successfully fighting in court to change its obligation to maintain federally mandated funds for plugging and abandoning offshore oil and gas wells and equipment."

Source: Capital & Main, 10/27/2021

GenX: "EPA Deems ‘Forever Chemical’ Haunting N.C. Toxic To Humans"

"Hot off the heels of releasing its PFAS road map last week, EPA has found that a deeply controversial “forever chemical” that has contaminated drinking water in North Carolina is, indeed, toxic to humans and will be subject to a drinking water advisory."

Source: E&E News, 10/26/2021

Climate Change at Core of Beat Reporters’ Award-Winning Coverage

Beat reporters Hal Bernton and Mark Kaufman both found the dramatic changes wrought by climate change to be at the center of their coverage — as their work was elevated to prize-winning heights. Bernton, covering climate impacts in northwestern Alaska at a large newspaper, and Kaufman, covering CO2 globally for a digital platform, talk about the lessons of their recent beat coverage with SEJournal’s Inside Story.

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Will 2022 See the Start of Formal Negotiations Toward a Global Plastics Treaty?

Plastic waste, already the subject of preliminary international talks, could be increasingly targeted after UN meetings in early 2022. Meanwhile, this ubiquitous product is polluting land, ocean and air in its various forms, as well as through little-understood microplastic particles. The latest TipSheet has the backstory on efforts to forge an international plastics treaty, as well as ideas for how to cover plastic pollution locally.

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