Economy & Business

"A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic"

The 386-acre property looks like a giant Lego set rising from the banks of the Ohio River. It is one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, employing more than 5,000 people. When completed, the facility will be fed by pipelines stretching hundreds of miles across Appalachia. It will have its own rail system with 3,300 freight cars. And it will produce more than a million tons each year of something that many people argue the world needs less of: plastic."

Source: NY Times, 08/13/2019

Freelance Journalism: Not an Enterprise for the Weak

August 8, 2019 — I'm a Washington, D.C.-based, award-winning energy and environment reporter. As a staff writer for InsideClimate News, my groundbreaking dispatches from Kalamazoo, Mich., "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You Never Heard Of," won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. As well, an e-book version of the narrative won the 2013 Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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"Nevada Becoming Wild West for Oil Speculation"

"Oil drilling in Nevada is a risky bet—the geology is complicated and drillers say the odds are small that they will actually find oil in a state where there are only 120 producing wells. But since President Donald Trump took office pledging to expand oil and gas leasing on federal lands, Nevada has become the Wild West for oil speculation."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/06/2019

"Climate Liability Is On The Rise. Here's What It Looks Like"

"From insurance claims to adaptation concerns to fiduciary duty violations, companies and federal agencies could be on the hook for climate change's consequences, beyond the nuisance and constitutional claims already raised in high-profile litigation."

Source: ClimateWire, 08/06/2019

"Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies"

"One of the main agencies that rates the creditworthiness of big borrowers, including cities and corporations, has brought on board a data firm specializing in climate risks. It's a signal that rating agencies are paying more attention to global warming and its impact in the financial markets."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/06/2019

For ‘Wonky’ Pollution Story, Making the Complex Clear

The latest Inside Story column takes a look at how one reporter turned a series of complex policy stories on renewable energy and pollution into an accessible, localized narrative — and in the process won a Society of Environmental Journalists’ explanatory reporting award. A Q&A about the project with Baltimore Sun’s Scott Dance.

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"Bristol Bay: EPA Kills Proposed Pebble 'Veto'"

"EPA has lifted the Obama-era proposed 'veto' of the Pebble mine, reversing a decision last year not to scrap the pending mining restrictions on the massive copper and gold project upstream from Alaska's Bristol Bay."

Source: Greenwire, 07/31/2019

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