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August 31, 2009

DEADLINE: SEJ Post-Conference Tour / IJNR Lake Country Institute

SEJ Members: Apply by August 31st for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for SEJ's Oct 11-14, 2009, post-conference tour: IJNR's Lake Country Institute!

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Michigan Builders Push Back On Stricter New Home Energy Rules

"Updating Michigan standards last addressed in 2015, state officials are to consider a new, more energy-efficient home construction code this year ─ likely sparking a battle between home builders and environmentalists who back stronger energy mandates."

Source: Bridge Michigan, 01/26/2022

"Minnesota Court Orders Review Of Water Permit For Polymet Mine"

"The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ordered state regulators to reconsider a wastewater permit that was granted to PolyMet Mining Corp (POM.TO) to build an open-pit copper mine, though judges rejected six other challenges to the permit from environmentalists."

Source: Reuters, 01/25/2022

Virtual Exchange Course Fosters “Global Competency” for Student Journalists

When COVID-19 shut down plans for journalism study abroad, faculty at two prominent universities — one in the United States and the other in Colombia — got creative, building out a collaborative virtual exchange focused on environmental concerns in the two countries. The latest EJ Academy explains how the virtual exchange worked, and the promise of similar programs in the future.

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January 7, 2022

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual Workshop on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources will present a virtual workshop, Jan 26-27, 2022, on what GLRI projects mean for the eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and more than 30 million people who call the Great Lakes region home. Participating journalists eligible for story grants. Deadline: Jan 7.

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New Reporting Network Aims To Make Connections in the Mississippi Basin

The Mississippi River and its tributaries drain more than 40% of the continent, but most coverage of environmental stories within the Mississippi Basin is localized and siloed. The recently launched Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk hopes to help news outlets provide region-wide reporting that contextualizes issues like climate change-driven flooding and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.

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"Michigan Drops Federal Suit Against Enbridge Line 5"

"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer abandoned a federal lawsuit Tuesday aimed at shutting down an oil pipeline that runs through part of the Great Lakes but said the state would continue pursuing a separate case with the same goal."

Source: Indian Country Today, 12/01/2021

Biden Administration To Struggle With Environmental Justice in 2022

The history of environmental racism is a long one in the United States, far longer than the efforts to address the problem. But reporting on environmental justice continues to tick upwards, and an analysis in the latest Backgrounder points to promising progress, explaining why for journalists the year ahead may yield important stories, whether about future footholds or new missteps.

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"These Americans Are Just Going Around in Circles. It Helps the Climate."

"CARMEL, Ind. — It’s getting harder and harder to run a stoplight here, because there are fewer and fewer of them around. Every year, at intersections throughout this thriving city, traffic lights and stop signs have disappeared, replaced with roundabouts. Lots and lots of roundabouts."

Source: NYTimes, 11/24/2021

"Flooding and Nuclear Waste Eat Away at a Tribe’s Ancestral Home"

"For decades, chronic flooding and nuclear waste have encroached on the ancestral lands in southeastern Minnesota that the Prairie Island Indian Community calls home, whittling them to about a third of their original size."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

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