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August 18, 2023

DEADLINE: New England First Amendment Institute

The New England First Amendment Coalition will host its 13th annual New England First Amendment Institute from Oct 29-31, 2023 at Northeastern University in Boston. Journalists within New England can apply by Aug 18 for this tuition-free investigative journalism program. One scholarship available.


Vermont’s Flood-Wracked Capital City Ponders A Rebuild -- And Climate

"A beloved bookstore in Vermont’s small capital city moved across the street to a new spot farther from the Winooski River after an ice jam sent river water into the store in 1992. A nearby office supply and gift store did the same in 2011 because it liked a different space that came with a bonus: it was higher and farther from the river."

Source: AP, 08/08/2023

Massachusetts Rejects Request To Discharge Radioactive Water Into Bay

"Massachusetts environmental regulators have denied a request by the company dismantling a shuttered nuclear power plant to release more than 1 million gallons (3.8 million liters) of radioactive wastewater into Cape Cod Bay."

Source: AP, 07/26/2023

Dangerous Inland Flooding in Reporters’ Forecast

While much attention is paid to hurricane flooding along the coasts, recent disasters in the Northeast United States brought home the dangers of flooding inland. The latest TipSheet has the basics, plus more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources for local journalists to prepare for coverage of inland floods.

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Vermont Floods Show Limits of America’s Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change


"This week’s flooding in Vermont, in which heavy rainfall caused destruction even miles from any river, is evidence of an especially dangerous climate threat: Catastrophic flooding can increasingly happen anywhere, with almost no warning. And the United States, experts warn, is nowhere close to ready for that threat."

Source: NYTimes, 07/12/2023

‘Orange’ Is the New Data — for Wildfire Smoke

The U.S. air quality alert scale is showing a lot of unhealthy colors this season, from oranges up to unhealthy reds and purples or worse, as smoke from wildfires in Canada periodically drifts across various U.S. regions. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores a key database and other resources to help journalists report on the spread of smoky air.

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"Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Off New Jersey Coast Approved"

"The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday approved the construction of up to 98 wind turbine generators off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J., as part of a Biden administration plan to install offshore wind sites along the country’s coasts."

Source: NYTimes, 07/06/2023


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