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"Ohio Gov. DeWine Campaign Got Secret $2.5 Million Boost From Power Company"

"A dark money group funded by FirstEnergy spent $2.5 million to support the GOP hopeful as the utility pushed bailout of struggling nuclear plants."

Source: USA TODAY/Floodlight, 04/23/2024

Oil Companies Must Set Aside More Money to Plug Wells, But It Won’t Be Enough

"For the first time in more than 60 years, the Bureau of Land Management will force oil and gas companies to set aside more money to guarantee they plug old wells, preventing them from leaking oil, brine and toxic or climate-warming gasses." "The new Bureau of Land Management regulation, which applies to nearly 90,000 wells on federal public land, is hampered by math errors and overly optimistic cost projections."

Source: ProPublica/Capital & Main, 04/23/2024

Top Louisiana University Lets Oil Firms Influence Research – For A Price

"Louisiana State University allowed Shell to influence studies after a $25m donation and sought funds from other fossil fuel firms".

Source: Guardian/Lens, 04/23/2024

Will Zombie Ag-Gag Laws Ever Really Die?

Laws that make undercover journalistic investigations of animal agriculture operations illegal violate the First Amendment, right? Not so clear, laments WatchDog Opinion, which points out that while the Supreme Court appeared to have struck down such laws just last year, it may now revisit the issue. Why it should matter not just to environmental reporters but to all journalists.

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Roadkill Makes for Jolting Read in ‘Crossings’

As human roadways sprawl across a global network, the planet’s other living things have not only found the vehicles that travel them among the world’s deadliest weapons but also that road noise, the impassable divisions of the landscape and more have massive implications for nature. BookShelf reviews Ben Goldfarb’s eye-opening new book, “Crossings,” and the realities of road ecology.

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May 20, 2024

DEADLINE: Yale Environment 360 Film Contest

This annual contest honors the year’s best environmental films from around the world, highlighting work that has not previously been widely seen. Cash prizes. Deadline to enter is May 20, 2024.

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April 25, 2024

Working 9 to 5: How to Turn Your Job Into a Force for Climate Action

Join Project Drawdown to explore how the workplace is the perfect place for climate solutions and how every employee in every job function has a role to play in creating change and connecting their job to climate action. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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