Biodiversity

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

SEJ Guide to Diversity in Environmental Reporting

The Society of Environmental Journalists published this resource for journalists who want to address diversity concerns and practice more inclusive journalism. Authors Jennifer Oladipo and Talli Nauman created the guide, inspired by discussions by members of SEJ’s Diversity Task Force. Their focus is mainly journalistic practice in North America. Journalists who have not consciously addressed diversity in their work should find multiple entry points here.

From Lynas to Pollan, Agreement that Golden Rice Trials Should Proceed

"Mark Lynas has done the world a service in providing on-the-ground reporting from the Philippines, digging in on some vital questions related to the destruction of field trials of non-commercial, genetically modified, vitamin-fortified Golden Rice there in early August. ... The same is true for Amy Harmon, who wrote an incisive analysis of the research vandalism that ran in The Times on Sunday. The two pieces powerfully strip away distortions and myths surrounding the latest instance of anti-biotechnology violence and the grain that was the focus of the assault."

Source: Dot Earth, 08/29/2013

"Mexican Gray Wolves Gain Protection in Arizona, New Mexico"

"SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose increased recovery territory for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and will drop plans to capture wolves entering these two states from Mexico, under two agreements reached [Monday] between the agency and the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity."

Source: ENS, 08/27/2013

"EPA Debuts Bee-Protective Pesticide Labels, Enviros Demand More"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- To protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. Environmentalists want the agency to take these pesticides off the market."

Source: ENS, 08/19/2013

"Deaths of Manatees, Dolphins and Pelicans Point to Estuary at Risk"

"MELBOURNE, Fla. — The first hint that something was amiss here, in the shallow lagoons and brackish streams that buffer inland Florida from the Atlantic’s salt water, came last summer in the Banana River, just south of Kennedy Space Center. Three manatees — the languid, plant-munching, over-upholstered mammals known as sea cows — died suddenly and inexplicably, one after another, in a spot where deaths were rare."

Source: NY Times, 08/08/2013

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