Australia & Oceania

Primer Helps To Prep for Reporting on PFAS

It’s a category of more than 4,000 industrial chemicals that affect our lives nearly every day — and many of which are toxic. So what do journalists need to know to report on the emerging contaminants known as PFAS? Our most recent Issue Backgrounder offers a detailed primer on what PFAS are, where they come from, what their health effects are and how they might be cleaned up.

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October 31, 2019

DEADLINE: OneClass Freshman Scholarship

OneClass, an education technology company in Toronto, Ontario, is giving away scholarships ranging from US$450 - $2000 to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment full-time in the 2019/2020 academic year at an accredited US, Canadian or Australian post-secondary institution. Deadline: Oct 31, 2019.

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High Radiation Levels Found In Giant Clams Near Marshall Islands Site

"Researchers have found high levels of radiation in giant clams near the Central Pacific site where the United States entombed waste from nuclear testing almost four decades ago, raising concerns the contamination is spreading from the dump site’s tainted groundwater into the ocean and the food chain."

Source: LA Times, 05/29/2019
October 20, 2019 to October 24, 2019

International Riversymposium

The 22nd International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia will showcase innovative programs, host interactive sessions and celebrate success from around the world where people are transforming their rivers into resilient rivers.

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Komodo Island Shutting Down Because People Keep Smuggling The Dragons

"Tourists to Indonesia will likely be barred from the popular Komodo Island in January 2020 — a decision seemingly impelled by recent reports of Komodo dragons being stolen and smuggled overseas, potentially for dubious medicinal purposes, according to local media."

Source: Washington Post, 04/04/2019

The Great Barrier Reef Was Seen as ‘Too Big to Fail.’ Maybe It Isn’t.

"For millenniums, ecosystems have withstood fires, floods, heat waves, drought and even disease by adapting and rebuilding their biodiverse communitiesBut according to new research, there is a limit to what even the largest and most resilient places can stand, and climate change is testing that limit by repeatedly disturbing one of the earth’s most precious habitats: the Great Barrier Reef."

Source: NY Times, 04/04/2019


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