Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

Source: NY Times, 03/28/2011

"White House Pressured NOAA Response to ‘Sharpiegate,’ IG Says"

"Political leaders at the White House and Commerce Department pressured the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to back up President Donald Trump’s false claims that Hurricane Dorian would strike Alabama, Commerce’s internal watchdog said in a report released Thursday evening."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 07/10/2020

Former Government Officials Demand Science-Based Approach To Pandemic

"Fifty-seven former government scientists and public health officials of both parties called on Monday for a science-based approach to the coronavirus pandemic and criticized the Trump administration for marginalizing science and expertise in its response."

Source: Washington Post, 07/08/2020

Over 5,600 Fossil Fuel Companies Have Taken At Least $3Bn In Covid Aid

"More than 5,600 companies in the fossil fuel industry have taken a minimum of $3bn in coronavirus aid from the US federal government, according to an analysis by Documented and the Guardian of newly released data."

Source: Guardian, 07/08/2020
July 16, 2020

SEJ Webinar: Covering Climate, COVID-19 and the Economy — Is a Green Recovery Possible?

Join the fourth #SEJ2020 webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, for a report on what journalists need to know to cover decisions about infrastructure, industry and regulation that will have enduring impacts on our climate and our health — and help the public understand the options and tradeoffs.

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Former Public Affairs Officers Push Back on Advanced Industry Reaction, Plus Police Scanner Transparency and Ag-Gag Ruling

When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release with favorable industry response to changes in a rule protecting migratory birds — before actually proposing the new rule — a group of former agency officials cried foul. Plus, why encrypted police scanners are a problem and an ag-gag ruling, all in the latest WatchDog opinion column. 

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Why Shelter From the (Coronavirus) Storm Isn’t Always Safe

Emergency evacuations are hard to plan under normal circumstances. Now the coronavirus pandemic makes them even more complicated and risky. With the summer disaster season upon us, the latest TipSheet explores how environmental journalists can report on emergency planning under COVID-19, with suggested questions to help you dig up stories.

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