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"US Agrees To Pay Billions To Marines Affected By Toxic Water"

"After years of wait, veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion."

Source: AP, 01/13/2017

FEJ Grant Supports Creation of Times-Picayune's Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team

The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com will create a Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team in early 2017, made possible in part through a major grant from SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism. The new team will be co-led by longtime SEJ member and award-winning environment reporter Mark Schleifstein. A national search is under way for two additional environmental journalists to work full-time on the Team.

NC Environmental Chief Moves To Block His Own Removal By New Governor

"The head of the Department of Environmental Quality will stay at the agency, despite an incoming Democratic administration."

"A top state environmental regulator who has urged Trump to rein in the EPA and has been criticized for his lenient treatment of polluters, stepped down over the holidays - giving himself a staff position that will be protected under the new North Carolina administration.

Source: AP, 01/04/2017

Photos: Growing Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry Helps Shrink Coast

"The Louisiana coast loses a football field’s worth of land every 38 minutes. This staggering rate of land loss has been brought on by climate change and coastal erosion accelerated by human activities, including water diversion projects and damage done by the oil and gas industry."

Source: DeSmog, 01/02/2017

"Native Americans of Grand Bayou Seeking Help To Remain In Homeland"

"Like many Louisiana coastal residents, the Native Americans of Grand Bayou village have seen the landscape surrounding their community collapse over the past 50 years. The lush, freshwater wetlands and high ground that sustained them for centuries is now a ragged patchwork of crumbling salt marshes and expanding lagoons."

Source: New Orleans Lens, 12/29/2016

Will State, Local Government Replace Feds on Climate Change?

Even if the incoming Trump Administration retreats from climate action, as many fear, state and local governments may fill the gap on climate policy. Our latest Issue Backgrounder takes a closer look, and offers sources and resources to help you cover the more localized climate stories that may result.

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