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Enviro, Energy Reporters Look at Prospects for Beat in 2017

Veteran journalists gathered in Washington, D.C. last Friday, Feb. 3, to share insights into how environment and energy policy may unfold in the year ahead — and to urge colleagues to prepare for possibly dramatic shifts ahead. Key takeaways, plus video, audio clips and a presentation by SEJ's president. Photo: Washington Post reporter Daryl Fears; courtesy of Schuyler Null/Wilson Center.

"As Trump’s EPA Takes Shape, Here’s Your Pesticide Cheat Sheet"

"In the final weeks and months of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs issued a flurry of reports on some of the country’s most widely used pesticides. Decisions made on the basis of these environmental and health assessments will likely determine the level of pesticide residue allowed on the food we eat. They will affect children’s neurological health and development, particularly in agricultural communities. They will determine how farmworkers are protected from pesticide exposures. And they will affect the fate of threatened and endangered species across the country."

Source: Civil Eats, 02/06/2017

"The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-Era Information"

"The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration. A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul of a site that’s been closely watched since President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Federal climate plans created under former President Obama, tribal assistance programs, and references to international cooperation have been stricken from the site."

Source: Climate Central, 02/03/2017
February 9, 2017

Two Mongabay.com and UMASS Journalism Department EJ Events

In partnership with the UMASS Journalism Department, editors of global conservation news service Mongabay.com will talk about trends they're tracking and writing about, and also discuss the challenges of working in the media (and in a sector concerned with environmental science/trends/policy) at a time when the new U.S. Administration is not supportive: 1) The Changing Landscape: Environmental Journalism in the Age of Trump and 2) Changes to the Land: Discussion & Live Podcast Taping w/ Harvard Forest & Mongabay.

Turbulent Prospects on Environment-Energy Beat Likely in Trump Era

While it's too soon to tell what the new Trump administration and 115th Congress will do, our special report suggests we may see a groundswell of environmental deregulation and massive energy development. Backgrounder looks at the top 10 energy-environment issues to watch in the President Trump era. 

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