California

January 24, 2024

DEADLINE: Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford

U.S. journalists with minimum seven years' professional experience will receive nine months of study, intellectual growth and personal change at Stanford University in Northern California. $95,000 stipend plus supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and books. Deadline: Dec 6 for International; Jan 24, 2024 for US applicants.

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"Modesto Residents Concerned Over Soil Laced With Toxic Barium"

"Too much exposure to barium can cause tremors, breathing problems, diarrhea, irregular heartbeats, paralysis and death. Who could blame people for worrying if they live near huge mounds of soil laced with it?
The prospect of dust kicking up from those mounds when crews finally start building a freeway segment on top of them is causing some anxiety in neighborhoods west of downtown Modesto."

Garth Stapley reports for the Modesto Bee December 12, 2011.

Source: Modesto Bee, 12/12/2011
December 1, 2023

DEADLINE: The Mesa Refuge

Apply for one of eight 2024 two-week residency programs for environmental writers in Point Reyes Station, CA. Open to both experienced and emerging writers who are focused on “ideas at the edge” of nature, social justice and economic equity. $50 application fee. Deadline: Dec 1, 2023.

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Calif. Law Keeps Public from Knowing About Dangerous Pipelines

The San Francisco Chronicle revealed almost all records of the state's Public Utilities Commission, which regulates pipelines, are secret — and the PUC typically asks permission from the utility companies before releasing any information. In most other states, such information is freely available to the public.

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BLM Says 9 Western States Have Worthy Wilderness Areas

Designating lands as wilderness or some other highly protected status always is contentious, but the BLM has identified 24 areas in 9 western states the agency says have significant local support for this idea: CA (9 areas), CO (3), ID (1), MT (1), NM (2), NV (2), OR (2), UT (3), and WA (1).

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"Flame Retardant Industry Spent $23M on Lobbying, Campaign Donations"

"A 5-month investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that the chemical industry spent at least $23.2 million over the past five years to lobby California officials and donate to campaigns in an effort to defeat bills that would have regulated flame retardants. The four top recipients, three Democrats and one Republican, never voted in favor of any of the five bills. During the years of lobbying, the flame retardants have been building up in people’s bodies, including breast milk, around the world."

Source: EHN, 11/16/2011

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