Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Health Worries Stalk Neighborhoods in Detroit's 'Sacrifice Zone'"

"DETROIT -- A fire at the Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery here late last month caused little structural damage, but its timing could not have been worse for the plant's owner. The blaze, which was quickly extinguished by the refinery's emergency personnel, occurred on the morning that U.S. EPA and advocacy groups were touring the plant's industrial neighborhood as part of a national environmental justice conference at a downtown conference center."

Source: Greenwire, 09/13/2011

Urban Forest Projects Address Energy, Health, Education, More

Organizations in IL, NY, and TX received substantial funding from the US Forest Service so they can work on projects related to urban forests. The products and efforts are available for use by others around the country, making them of interest to any journalist covering urban environmental or health issues.

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October 31, 2011 to November 2, 2011

11th Annual BioCycle Renewable Energy Conference

Organized by BioCycle magazine — the leading authority on anaerobic digestion and composting of organic waste streams into high value products. North America's largest conference and trade show on recycling of organic waste streams into Renewable Power, Fuels, Thermal Energy and Soil Products brings you over 70 sessions on technologies, feedstocks, facility management, biogas markets and financing.

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No Water No Life

Founded in 2006 by SEJ member Alison M. Jones, No Water No Life photography teams document historic, current and potential management issues of six case-study watersheds: North America’s Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan River Basins and northeastern Africa’s Nile, Omo and Mara River Basins.

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August 19, 2011

DEADLINE: The Asian Carp Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources

Journalists chosen for the September 21-24, 2011, program fellowships will travel in vessels from the electronic barrier all the way to the mouth of the Chicago River to explore and examine the historical, scientific, economic, legal and political dimensions of the Asian carp issue. Apply by August 19th. 

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FWS Proposes To Expand Hunting at 10 Wildlife Refuges

Hunting, under certain conditions, is already allowed at more than 300 of the 553 sites in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Contact local environmental, animal rights, and hunting groups for opinions for or against these proposals that would allow additional species to be killed at 10 refuges in 8 states.

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"Sand Mining Surges in Wisconsin; State Feeds National Fracking Boom"

Western Wisconsin is in the middle of a sand rush -- as companies mine the silica used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas. The mining operations have stirred concerns about effects on land and groundwater and health impacts on nearby residents.

Source: WisconsinWatch, 08/01/2011

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