Planning & Growth

How to Rebound After a Disaster: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests

"What should communities do as climate change escalates threats like sea-level rise? Until now, much of the focus has been on disaster response, with very little discussion of orderly, strategic retreat from areas at risk. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, for example, the New York State governor’s office ran a public service announcement that made clear the focus would be on rebuilding."

Source: NY Times, 08/23/2019
August 28, 2019

DEADLINE: Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship

The International Center for Journalists invites Latin American journalists passionate about covering climate and sustainability issues to apply for this biennial fellowship, taking place Oct 7-19, 2019 in Lima, Peru. Deadline to apply is Aug 28.

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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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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

"The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself."

Source: NY Times, 08/08/2019

"Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?"

"U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required."

Source: YaleE360, 08/06/2019

Bikes Make Path for Local Environment Stories

When it comes to bringing environmental stories home to your audience, don’t soft-pedal the topic of bicycling. Bikes are a way in to the issue of climate, as well as health and infrastructure. The most recent TipSheet has more on why you can ride the bike beat for your local reporting

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June 29, 2019

Regeneration: Sustaining Life and Community

This all-day participatory “pro-human" gathering near Washington, DC will feature a panel discussion exploring how we can live in better alignment with the way humans are “wired” to live, smaller group discussions, an informal idea-and-book exchange, and more.

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From Colorado Contrasts to SEJ Shifts

The Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference in Colorado this fall will bring attendees to a state rich in contrasts and storytelling fodder. At the same time, SEJ itself is readying for seismic shifts. SEJ President Bobby Magill shares firsthand knowledge of the Square State, plus a look into changes for the organization, in his latest quarterly report.

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