Central America & the Caribbean

April 15, 2020

DEADLINE: Historias Sin Fronteras / Stories Without Borders

InquireFirst is accepting applications for our Cross-Border Science Journalism Project, an initiative to promote collaborative cross-border science journalism in Latin America. This is the first of three 2020 calls for proposals. In March 2020, the editorial focus will be on health (deadline April 15). In May, our focus will be the conservation of water and/or the ocean, and in July the project will focus on nutrition, biotechnology and/or food production.

Topics on the Beat: 

SEJournal Relaunches WatchDog with a ‘Voice,’ Plus Coronavirus and More

SEJournal welcomes back from hiatus our WatchDog feature, now recast as an opinion column from Joseph A. Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists’ veteran freedom of information advocate and longtime SEJournal contributor. In part one of a two-parter, find out why we’re relaunching the new column, plus get Davis’ take on government openness (or lack thereof) around coronavirus, as well as more on SEJ’s deep commitment to open information and a rundown of its recent FOI activities. And watch for part two next week.

SEJ Publication Types: 

Vast Mesoamerican Reef Declines After Years Of Improvement: Study

"The condition of the world’s second-largest coral system, the Mesoamerican Reef stretching from Mexico to Central America, has taken a turn for the worse and faces further threats from climate change, according to a report by a group of scientists."

Source: Reuters, 02/14/2020

Climate Change and Chaos: A Deadly Mix in Honduras Dengue Epidemic

"CHOLOMA, Honduras — More than 400 people died this year as one of the worst dengue epidemics on record swept through Central America — a type of outbreak that some scientists and public health officials are warning is likely to become more frequent and more widespread because of climate change."

Source: NY Times, 12/31/2019

Another Bad-News Year Ahead for U.S. Coal?

As U.S. coal’s comedown continues, our latest Issue Backgrounder takes a close look at the factors behind the industry’s decline and finds a combination of economics, competition and shifting global markets, along with aging technology, politics and environmental pushback. What’s in store for coal in 2020?

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As New Disease Wipes Out Caribbean Coral, Scientists Try To Stop Spread

"Off the coast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a group of scientists is tearing a reef apart in a feverish attempt to save some of its coral. They are battling a fast-moving, lethal disease that researchers say is unprecedented in the speed with which it can damage large numbers of coral species across the Caribbean Sea."

Source: Reuters, 09/27/2019


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