Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

As Plant Faces Closure, New Mexico City Weighs Bet on Clean Coal Tech

"With the state committed to decarbonizing its electricity supply by 2045, Farmington’s coal-fired power plant and mine are set to shut down. Faced with the loss of their largest employer, city leaders are considering whether to get behind an uncertain carbon-capture technology, or turn to renewables and the tourist economy."

Source: & The West, 07/05/2019

9th U.S. Circuit Holds Fate Of Organ Pipe Cactus Natl Monument Setting

"How the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the Trump administration's bid to build a towering wall across the southern border of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona could wash out the Milky Way for visitors, block wildlife movements, and turn the borderline into something of an industrial construction zone, according to the local Sierra Club representative."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 07/03/2019

Big Environmental Impacts on Small Communities Is Story That Must Be Told

While environmental journalists often focus on regulatory wrestling matches in Washington, D.C., a seasoned New York Times investigative reporter argues the most important stories are those in the real communities where bureaucratic impacts are felt. Three-time Pulitzer winner Eric Lipton makes the case for public service in journalism that tells the environment story from the outside in.

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Primer Helps To Prep for Reporting on PFAS

It’s a category of more than 4,000 industrial chemicals that affect our lives nearly every day — and many of which are toxic. So what do journalists need to know to report on the emerging contaminants known as PFAS? Our most recent Issue Backgrounder offers a detailed primer on what PFAS are, where they come from, what their health effects are and how they might be cleaned up.

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July 15, 2019

DEADLINE: The Water Desk Grants

The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Environmental Journalism is offering grants to journalists for stories connected to Western water issues and intertwined topics: 1) Micro-grants (up to $1,000); rolling basis until December 1, 2019 and 2) Standard grants (up to $10,000);  Jul 15 deadline.

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"If They Build It, Will The Oysters Come?"

"COPANO BAY, Tex. — The orange buoys placed along the perimeter of an underwater construction site here keep disappearing, leaving behind a rust-stained barge with a massive pile of broken limestone. The barge carried it down the Mississippi River, to be dumped a mile off the Texas coast."

Source: Washington Post, 05/28/2019

"Tribes, Environmentalists Battle Copper Mine In Arizona"

Native American tribes and environmental groups have sued to stop a massive copper mine near Tucson. The $1.9 billion Rosemont Mine, at a half-mile deep and a mile wide, would sprawl across federal, state and private land, leaving a waste pile the height of skyscraper.

Source: AP, 05/22/2019

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