People & Population

Aglukkaq Takes Environment Post as Ottawa Seeks To Win Over 1st Nations

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper has moved his cabinet’s lone aboriginal minister into the sensitive portfolio of Environment as the government works to win crucial First Nations’ support for new pipelines and other resource-development projects."

Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 07/17/2013
August 2, 2013

DEADLINE: IRP Reporting Trip on Poverty, Hunger and Food Security in Tanzania

The International Reporting Project is accepting applications until August 2nd for a ten-day new media reporting trip to Tanzania, Sep 29-Oct 9. The trip will focus on stunting and undernutrition, environmental sustainability, agriculture markets, agricultural and health policy, technology and innovation in agriculture, and other closely related themes.

What the Public Doesn't Know About Treaties Won't Hurt the Corporations

If you are looking for yet another category of environmental information that the U.S. public is not allowed to know about, try international trade agreements. A recent court decision — one that got little attention from the news media — upheld the federal government's authority to keep secret some information about the health and environmental impacts of trade treaties.

"Court Shoots Down Foreign Disclosure Rule for Oil Companies"

"A federal judge in Washington D.C. has tossed out a new SEC rule requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. The rule stemmed from the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and had been trumpeted by human rights group as a means to reduce corruption in otherwise poor, oil-producing countries in Africa and the Middle East."

Source: Dallas Morning News, 07/03/2013
June 26, 2013

Covering Population and the Environment

As the planet grows more crowded, the connections between environment, health and human rights grow more complex every day. Ahead of World Population Day (July 11), a diverse group of speakers will illustrate how those connections affect the real world – and how those connections can provide a broader context for your own coverage in this one-hour webinar. Free registration required.

AP Probe: Keeping Explosive Chemicals Secret May Not Make People Safer

Aftershocks of the April 17, 2013, ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, continue — including investigations by news organizations as well as state and federal agencies. A major multistate investigative project by the Associated Press could only get data for 28 of the 50 states, but within those states it found that more than 600,000 people live within a typical blast zone and more had family in schools and hospitals within one.

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