Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Could Deep-Earth Microbes Help Us Frack for Oil?"

"MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- On a muddy hill above a World War II ordnance plant that made material for atomic bombs, a fracking crew will drill thousands of feet underground in a search for life itself. The drilling is a hunt for microscopic organisms, first introduced hundreds of millions of years ago, which have evolved to live in the shale 7,000 feet below the ground, at pressures 600 times that of the surface, and temperatures around 160 degrees F."

Source: McClatchy, 07/30/2015

Secret Congressional Background Reports Leak Again; Debate Continues

Here are some recently leaked CRS reports of relevance to environmental journalists, as well as the latest on the debate following the NYT editorial calling for the reports to be made public.

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September 11, 2015

DEADLINE: Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference 2015 Journalist Fellowship

COMPASS is hosting travel fellowships for journalists to attend the 21st Biennial Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Francisco this December. Apply by Sep 11.

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August 1, 2015

DEADLINE: ProPublica's Emerging Reporters Program

ProPublica is offering stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets – newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Receive $4,500 per semester, plus mentoring. Apply by Aug 1.

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August 7, 2015

DEADLINE: IRP Reporting Trip to Ecuador

The International Reporting Project (IRP) invites applications for an expenses-paid group reporting trip on health and development issues in Ecuador on October 18-29, 2015. Apply by Aug 7.

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