"The world leaders who are meeting at the United Nations to discuss climate change on Tuesday, are faced with an intricate challenge: building momentum for an international climate treaty at a time when global temperatures have been stable for a decade and may even drop in the next few years."
Around the world, journalists face considerable risks when they expose environmental misdeeds. A new report from Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontières looks at 13 cases of journalists and bloggers who have been killed, physically attacked, jailed, threatened or censored for reporting on the environment.
In this issue of the quarterly magazine of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, journalists describe changes in how they work and what they produce, explore emerging ethical issues, and propose principles of active engagement.
"U.S. EPA's Office of Civil Rights has shown a systemic refusal to address allegations of discrimination in the use of agency funds, according to a unanimous three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."
"Alabama is fighting an invasive weed, 'the killer weed, the nearly indestructible weed,' cogongrass."
"Trafigura, an independent trading company, said Sunday that it had settled a long-running toxic dumping case, agreeing to pay £950 to each of as many as 30,000 residents of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, who said they were injured by a dump in 2006."
"Companies are beginning to show increased willingness to disclose the extent to which they're contributing to global warming and what they're doing to keep it from harming their business."
"A furious row has erupted in Canada with conservationists desperately lobbying the government to suspend the annual bear-hunting season following reports of a sudden drop in the numbers of wild bears spotted on salmon streams and key coastal areas where they would normally be feeding."
"Government researchers have released data indicating that Alaska's Bering Sea pollock population remains low. ... The pollock fishery in the eastern Bering is the nation's largest commercial fish harvest by weight, and it is Alaska's most valuable fishery, worth nearly $1 billion annually."
"The United States and Europe face a new health threat from a mosquito-borne disease far more unpleasant than the West Nile virus that swept into North America a decade ago, a U.S. expert said on Friday."