For weather warnings, check the interactive, near-real-time national weather map put out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service. It's updated every few minutes with color-coded warnings by type. You can also search for a forecast by state, city/state or zip code.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 12th Report on Carcinogens, released June 2011, includes 8 new substances: industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical known as aristolochic acids, as well as captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide, certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene, riddelliine, and styrene.
On the National Conference of State Legislatures website, you'll find information on new or proposed environment and natural resources legislation, including consumer laws. Topics include climate change and air quality, water, land use, waste, environmental health, healthy communities, federal issues, and much more.
Still covering aspects of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill? SEJ's tracker blog The Daily Glob has compiled a list of important Gulf-related research programs: institutes, academic programs, and labs working on marine science, gulf ecology, oil spill response and recovery, coastal ecosystems, wetlands, and more.
Following the hazards of dams, refineries, chemical plants, pipelines, and other infrastructure? Find story leads in this Department of Homeland Security report.
Get information about your state's energy spending and saving.
This listing of Terms & Acronyms in non-technical language for EPA's commonly used environmental terms provides a good starting place for understanding and communicating with clarity to your audience.
Investigating issues that involve federal legislation or policy? Congressional Research Service reports, publicly funded but not easily available to the public, are posted online by open-government advocates. Two new reports of interest: Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery (October 31, 2012) and Emergency Relief Program: Federal-Aid Highway Assistance for Disaster-Damaged Roads and Bridges (November 1, 2012).
Unearthing Unpublished Reports to Congress from Federal Agencies: The Birth of a New Journalism Research Technique
Attorney and journalist Michael Ravnitzky offers a strategy for accessing unpublished reports: direct a public records request to agencies of interest for all reports not posted on the agency's website, within a specific time frame and not limited by topic.