California

"EPA Orders LA County Landfill To Curb Hazardous Waste Leakage Immediately"

"Federal environment officials have ordered a Los Angeles County landfill to take urgent action to protect public health, citing noxious odors and hazardous waste issues in the surrounding community."

Source: The Hill, 02/27/2024

‘Reactivating’ Floodplains Along Rivers Can Be A Water Solution For Calif.

"California has lost most of its natural wetlands as rivers have been cut off from their natural floodplains. And it’s pretty remarkable what can be achieved when rivers are given space to reconnect with floodplains."

Source: LA Times, 02/22/2024

Not Just Toxics: Radioactive Waste Was Also Dumped Off Los Angeles Coast

"For decades, a graveyard of corroding barrels has littered the seafloor just off the coast of Los Angeles. It was out of sight, out of mind — a not-so-secret secret that haunted the marine environment until a team of researchers came across them with an advanced underwater camera."

Source: LA Times, 02/22/2024

Lax Calif. Pesticide Regulation Violates Civil Rights Laws, Coalition Charges

"A broad coalition of pesticide-reform groups representing California farmworkers and their families called on the state attorney general to investigate systematic civil rights violations last week at a press briefing in Watsonville, a strawberry-growing stronghold about 90 miles south of San Francisco."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/21/2024

In Their Own Words — Story Insights From SEJ’s 2023 Award Winners

When Inside Story co-editor Rocky Kistner reviewed video statements from first-place winners of the Society of Environmental Journalists 2023 reporting awards, he found a series of striking insights into the work of environmental journalism. From environment as a true crime story and going beyond the headlines, to covering communities at risk and through powerful interests, a look at nine highly effective approaches to telling environmental stories.

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"Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Are A Growing Biofuel Battleground"

"When Varlin Higbee eyes the scrubby forest of pinyon pines and juniper trees that fill the high desert outside this old Union Pacific Railroad town, there’s just one thought that crosses his mind: “They’re just a wildfire waiting to happen,” the Lincoln County commissioner says of the low, bushy trees."

Source: LA Times, 02/12/2024

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