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December 6, 2017

Getting Started with Smartphone Security

This workshop, at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch in New York, 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Dec 6, will cover fundamental mobile security and go through how to use your phone’s built-in encryption, the limitations of message encryption and metadata, VPNs and more.

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"Special Report: Lead Poisoning Lurks In Scores Of New York Areas"

"In public health circles, New York City is known for its long war on lead poisoning. ... A 2004 housing law targeted 'elimination' of childhood lead poisoning within six years.... Yet inspectors didn’t visit the Brooklyn apartment where Barbara Ellis lived until after her twin daughters tested high for lead three years in a row, she said."

Source: Reuters, 11/15/2017

NJ Sets 1st State Limits for Perfluorinated Chemicals in Drinking Water

"Besides lead, no contaminant in drinking water has provoked as loud a public outcry in the last two years in the United States as a class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds. New Jersey regulators are taking the strongest action to date on the man-made chemicals that are used in scores of household and industrial products."

Source: Circle of Blue, 11/08/2017

State Clean Water Fund Means Local Projects, Local News

An EPA program that helps pay for municipal water infrastructure is facing Congressional appropriations scrutiny. But with the program looking like it may escape big cuts, it remains a reservoir of reportable local projects. Find out more in the latest TipSheet, plus get state-by-state resources.

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Why Reporters Should Go to Bat for Bats

Halloween may remind many of the spookier side of bats. But these unique flying mammals provide important ecosystem services — and that's just one of the many reasons why environmental reporters might want to write about them. This week's TipSheet looks at covering bats, the habitat loss that's leaving many species threatened and the growing fungal plague that's wiping out many colonies. Resources and more.

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"Hassan, Shaheen Question EPA Over Findings on Toxic Landfill"

"Senate Democrats from New Hampshire have sent a letter to the regional Environmental Protection Agency office raising questions about its determination that a controversial landfill did not pose an 'unacceptable human health risk.'"

Source: AP, 10/23/2017
October 12, 2017

Digging into Polluted Science: Environmental Investigations in an Era of Spin

Participate in this Kavli Conversation on Science Communication, hosted by NYU's Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program, with The Intercept's Sharon Lerner and David Michaels, professor at George Washington University School of Public Health and Author, "Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health". Attend in person or via interactive, live webcast, 6:30 p.m.

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As Power Goes Out, Time To Design a More Resilient Grid?

Hurricane Irma left millions of Floridians in the dark, while Maria stripped Puerto Ricans of power, potentially for months. Can the electric grid be made less vulnerable? Our Backgrounder has a dozen-plus angles to jump-start your power reporting, from stronger poles to microgrids. Plus, hurricane coverage resources.

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