People & Population

July 17, 2015

DEADLINE: Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards and Andrew Weegar Memorial Award

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is accepting proposals until Jul 17, 2015 for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health.

"Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence"

"HAVANA — Like many of his countrymen, Jorge Angulo hopes the United States will lift the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba. But Dr. Angulo, a senior marine scientist at the University of Havana, is also worried about the effects that a flood of American tourists and American dollars might have on this country’s pristine coral reefs, mangrove forests, national parks and organic farms — environmental assets that are a source of pride here."

Source: NY Times, 07/02/2015
October 9, 2015

DEADLINE: Amnesty International Canada Media Awards

The Amnesty Canada Media Awards honour  journalists for outstanding human rights reporting in multiple categories. Enter by Oct 9.

"Airport Beekeepers Get a Second Chance"

"Every 10 days, Thad Smith enters a piece of land that is otherwise forbidden to most people: The empty acreage around Chicago’s O’Hare airport. It’s there that Smith and his crew from the Westside Bee Boyz tend to 75 beehives. Last year, he and his fellow beekeepers harvested 1,600 pounds of honey in the otherwise unoccupied land beneath O’Hare’s airspace."

Source: Civil Eats, 05/29/2015

"Mixed Feelings for Landfill Run Deep in Tennessee"

"Back in 2008, an estimated 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash was released into the Emory River in Tennessee when a dam breached at the Kingston Fossil Plant. It was the biggest coal ash spill in the nation. Much of that coal ash was hauled to a landfill in Perry County, Alabama. Residents of the poor, mostly African-American county have filed a lawsuit saying they're suffering as a result of the coal ash. But the landfill is also a vital part of the local economy.

Source: WV Public Broadcasting, 05/29/2015

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