Economy & Business

Weather Data Privatization Poses Conflicts in a Changing Meteorology Landscape

Weather reports are not just about donning galoshes. They can mean literal life or death for people and businesses, such as during a natural disaster. So, as the latest Issue Backgrounder details, the ongoing effort to privatize publicly funded weather data is a matter of real controversy. Find out what’s in the weather privatization forecast.

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"Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End"

"Last April, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, proclaimed at an auto show ... that he would soon roll back President Barack Obama’s stringent fuel efficiency standards. ... Nearly a year later, the rollback is nowhere near complete and may not be ready until this summer — if ever."

Source: NY Times, 02/14/2020

Covering Your Climate: The Emerald Corridor

 

 

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Reporting the Financial Risks of Climate Change

With the negative impacts of climate change becoming clearer by the day, there is a growing awareness among important financial institutions that global warming confronts businesses with large, even catastrophic, economic losses. The latest TipSheet has the backstory on the financial risks of climate change, plus what’s ahead and how to cover it, with story ideas and reporting resources.

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The Emerald Corridor — Impacts, Fixes and Rethinking Everything

As the Pacific Northwest faces serious impacts from climate change, and moves to respond, the Society of Environmental Journalists provides a special in-depth report on how journalists can tell the unfolding story. “Covering Your Climate: The Emerald Corridor” launches Feb. 11 with an extensive issue backgrounder, which will be followed by tipsheets and a toolbox over the next few weeks. We hope this is the first in a series of regional climate special reports, and we welcome your suggestions and ideas for future editions of "Covering Your Climate."

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"Democrats’ Fracking War Heats Up As 2020 Voting Begins"

"As Bernie Sanders pushes a fracking ban and Joe Biden warns against abandoning it, the industry faces its own problems."

"Democrats are drilling down on opposite sides of the fracking divide, widening a schism between the party’s climate-concerned progressive wing and centrists who fear a hard-line stance against fossil fuels risks ceding critical swing states to President Donald Trump.

Source: HuffPost, 02/05/2020

Making News When Your Ship (Tracker) Has Come In

It may be time to dive into the deep end of the ocean for environmental stories, where big vessels and small are often involved in spills, illegal fishing or more. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox looks into emerging ship-tracker services that offer data to help trace the source of environmental damage, and that can help create some eye-popping visuals.

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As Regulations Roll Back, Could Clean Water Protection Business Dry Up?

"Many business interests are cheering President Trump's recent rollback of water regulations put in place by the Obama administration. But companies that make money protecting clean water could take a big hit."

Source: NPR, 02/03/2020

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