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‘Cut Through Fog’ to Cover Trump’s Fast-Moving Environmental Policy Changes

Policy experts and reporters at an SEJ forum in Seattle July 6 cautioned that environmental journalists must go into overdrive to keep up with fast and furious changes coming during the Trump Administration. Get more in our SEJ News coverage. Photo: Former EPA official Dennis McLerran, left, fields a query from moderator Jeff Burnside. Read McLerran's full remarks here.

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“Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet”

The new book “Climate of Hope” by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Sierra Club chief Carl Pope concludes that, despite partisan obstacles, we have made progress in fighting the planet’s warming.

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“Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change”

Author Lisa Palmer tackles a question many experts in the natural and social sciences are also pondering: How can we feed a growing world population in the coming decades when climate change is stressing global food production systems?

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"As Wildfires Rage Out West, D.C. Lawmakers Fight Over Forest Policy"

"With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires. Many Republicans want to help prevent and fight wildfires by giving the agencies that manage the federal forests more money and greater ability to thin out the forests. Most Democrats, as well as environmental groups, say the bill would lead to more logging without first considering potential damage to the forests."

Source: McClatchy, 06/29/2017
July 6, 2017

Trump and the Cascades: How Federal Environmental Policies May Impact the Northwest

SEJ is hosting a public forum for journalists examining Trump environmental policies at the Seattle Aquarium, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (with reception to follow) on July 6, 2017. The evening comprises two moderated panels. The policy panel will seek to examine the impact of, and response to, specific federal actions whether they have already occurred or may occur in the future. The journalists’ panel will seek to identify stories and examine the reporter’s role in covering them. RSVP.

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Trump and the Cascades: How Federal Environmental Policies May Impact the Northwest

SEJ hosted a free public forum for journalists examining Trump environmental policies at the Seattle Aquarium on July 6, 2017. The evening comprised two moderated panels. The policy panel examined the impact of, and response to, specific federal actions whether they have already occurred or may occur in the future. The journalists’ panel sought to identify stories and examine the reporter’s role in covering them. See some photos and stay tuned for coverage to be posted.

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Sundance Festival a Megaphone for Climate Concerns

For the first time, Sundance Film Festival spotlighted a single theme, and it was climate change. Documentaries highlighting the issue including a sequel to Al Gore's blockbuster, as well as more than a dozen other films dealing with issues like coral reefs, recyling, changing landscapes and rainforest destruction.

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Veteran Reporters Say Ignore the Noise, and Localize

Environmental journalists at a day-long event urged colleagues to report on the real, local impacts of policy, more than on the buzz around the policy. On hand at the SEJ-sponsored program were representatives of administrations past and present, including Trump EPA transition team head Myron Ebell (shown). 

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Tracy Mehan lll, American Water Works Association
Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Ed Maibach, George Mason University
Scott Segal, Policy Resolution Group and Bracewell LLP
Bob Perciasepe, Center for Climate & Energy Solutions
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WatchDog Group Sues for Records as Pruitt Confirmation Vote Nears & More

The latest WatchDog TipSheet details an open-records case against U.S. EPA nominee Scott Pruitt (shown), the scoop on an Agriculture Department animal welfare database that vanished then returned, a reporter busted at Standing Rock, plus items on whistleblowers, coal-ash and more.

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