A wet, snowy winter has set the table for spring flooding in much of the eastern US and a few western states. NOAA published a forecast on March 20, 2008, of the areas most likely to get swamped. Among the states at risk are "much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, the lower Missouri River basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York, all of New England, and portions of the West, including Colorado and Idaho."
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In the past few years, there have been several instances in which disturbance of sites containing naturally-occurring asbestos, via construction or other land use changes, has posed a potential health threat. As one tool for reducing such problems, on March 13, 2008, USGS released its fourth in a series of reports on US sites with naturally-occurring asbestos, covering 121 locations in AZ, NV, and UT.Topics on the Beat:
One of the best parts of the environment beat is getting out in the field. Now you can bring "the field" (whether it's your town or the whole world) to your audience through interactive maps. In many cases, you can create great interactive and even collaborative online maps with basic technical skills, using free or cheap tools.Topics on the Beat:
A new righ-resolution world map may add zing to land-use stories.Topics on the Beat:
Early news about a pending citizen science project has drawn such an overwhelming response that the project's leaders are now declining to talk about it further until its formal launch, potentially in July 2008. The public response suggests it'll be of great interest to some in your audience when it becomes official. Meanwhile, you can learn more online, and get on the notification list for the launch date.Topics on the Beat:
Earth Day may be a chance to get environmental stories on the front page.Topics on the Beat:
A new report on global agriculture can deepen your Farm Bill stories.Topics on the Beat:
The U.S. National Organic Standards Board is set to propose standards for aquaculture.Topics on the Beat:
Updated USGS earthquake maps may lead you to fresh local stories.Topics on the Beat:
The Federal Railroad Administration may keep the public from knowing about hazards instead of protecting them from lethal chemical tankers. Could a catastrophe happen near you?