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Only 51 Of These U.S. Whales Remain. Little Prevents Their Extinction

"Even before they saw one of the rarest mammals in the Gulf of Mexico, the two amateur fishermen were already feeling lucky. They had motored to their favorite spot 35 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., downed a couple Miller Lites, and caught their third mahi mahi when they heard the sound of air escaping a blowhole."

Source: NPR, 11/17/2023

"FTC Cracks Down On Food Industry For Paid Dietitian ‘Influencer’ Posts"

"Federal regulators announced warnings against two major food and beverage industry groups and a dozen nutrition influencers Wednesday, as part of a broad action to enforce stricter standards for how companies and social media creators disclose paid advertising."

Source: Washington Post, 11/17/2023

"Top Companies' Lobbying Undermines Their Climate Pledges, Study Finds"

"Glencore, ExxonMobil and Stellantis are among companies lobbying for policies that conflict with their own pledges to cut carbon emissions, a study published by non-profit think tank InfluenceMap on Thursday found."

Source: Reuters, 11/17/2023

New York Cites PepsiCo’s Plastic Pollution In First-Of-Its-Kind Lawsuit

"Plastic trash produced by the company PepsiCo has become a “persistent and dangerous form of plastic pollution” for residents of the Buffalo River watershed in upstate New York, according to a new lawsuit filed Wednesday."

Source: Grist, 11/17/2023
January 31, 2024

DEADLINE: The Ferriss-UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship

The U.C. Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics invites applications for one of ten $10,000 reporting grants for journalists reporting in-depth print and audio stories on the science, policy, business and culture of this new era of psychedelics. Open to journalists worldwide. Deadline: Jan 31, 2024.


"Colorado River in Crisis: A Los Angeles Times Documentary"

"The Colorado River can no longer withstand the thirst of the arid West. Water drawn from the river flows to millions of people in cities from Denver to Los Angeles and irrigates vast farmlands." "Journalists from the Los Angeles Times travel along the Colorado River to examine how the Southwest is grappling with the water crisis."

Source: LA Times, 11/16/2023

As US Insurers Stop Covering Prescribed Burns, States And Communities Step Up

"Prescribed fires are a positive land management method, but when the flames occasionally escape control, the resulting damage to land and private property also hurts this conservation tool’s reputation. U.S. insurance companies are thus charging increasingly unaffordable premiums for coverage of this activity or are dropping the service altogether in the wake of some particularly large recent accidents."

Source: Mongabay, 11/16/2023


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