People & Population

"Tribe Says Drilling Project Would Have 'Heartbreaking' Consequences"

"A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe. But it's also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for the right to drill there after decades of delay."

Source: NPR, 03/04/2016

"Honduras: Environmentalist Berta Caceres Shot Dead"

"Honduran environmentalist leader and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Berta Caceres has been shot dead at her home in the town of La Esperanza. Caceres was killed early on Thursday by two assailants who broke into her home, a member of her group, the Indian Council of People's Organizations of Honduras, said."

Source: Aljazeera, 03/04/2016

"Louisiana Tribe Officially Becomes America's First Climate Refugees"

"French-speaking Indians who live deep in Louisiana bayou, some 50 miles south of New Orleans, became the United States' first official climate refugees last week when the federal government awarded them $48 million to relocate."

Source: Weather Channel, 02/29/2016
March 18, 2016

DEADLINE: IJNR's Detroit Water, Energy & Emissions Workshop

Journalists, apply by Mar 18 for IJNR's two-day workshop (Apr 4 and 5, 2016) which will focus on water quality and infrastructure, impacts of climate change, energy development and environmental justice in the Great Lakes region. $25 fee covers all lodging and meals.

Maine Law Hid Threats to Public from Oil Trains

Maine passed a law in 2015 that allowed railroads to keep oil-train routing information from the public — over the governor's veto. In the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting's Pine Tree Watchdog, Dave Sherwood reports how the provision was a bait-and-switch.

Failure to Disclose Lead Threats in Drinking Water: Widespread Problem

Bad as it is, the Flint drinking water disaster is hardly uncommon. Even though the law requires authorities to tell the public of dangerous levels of lead in drinking water, they often don't.

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