Disasters

"Texas Power Use To Hit Record High On Economic Growth, Hot Weather"

"Power demand in Texas is set to break the all-time record this week, far ahead of the hottest days of summer, testing of the resilience of the state's power grid after issues earlier this year and last year's days-long blackout during a deep freeze."

Source: Reuters, 06/06/2022

Dam Secrecy Exposes Public to Dam Disasters

A growing number of U.S. dams are in poor condition — with potentially lethal results. But the latest WatchDog Opinion argues that equally troubling is that that information is kept secret from the public and journalists in a national database.

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Going Beyond Sensational Drought Headlines Gives Local Audiences News They Need

As drought continues to afflict the southwestern United States, New Mexico PBS correspondent and producer Laura Paskus writes that environmental journalists must bring home its impact on local communities, while translating the science, making the connection with climate change and holding public officials accountable. Plus, reporting resources and a reminder that the story is too big for any one journalist.

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There Are a Lot More Than 10 Endangered Rivers. Is One Near You?

An annual list of endangered rivers is out, but with it the journalism just begins, since there are numerous troubled river systems, most likely including one near you. The latest TipSheet details how the endangered river list can serve as a template for local reporting and provides story ideas, questions to ask and resources to tap for your coverage.

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Now Maskless, What Are Schools Doing in the COVID-19 Era About Clean Indoor Air?

As schools (and many other institutions) around the United States relax mask mandates, questions remain about how they will keep indoor air clean and safe. The latest TipSheet takes a look at the often-underestimated risks of indoor air pollution, as well as well-known practices to clean it up. Get story ideas and resources for reporting on schools in your community.

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"Report: Climate Change Threatens These 29 Michigan Chemical Sites"

"Climate change is likely to bring more catastrophes to Michigan, and a new federal report warns that 29 sites that use hazardous chemicals are in the pathway of worsening floods driven by a changing planet."

Source: Bridge Michigan, 03/17/2022
April 6, 2022

DEADLINE: IJNR Workshop — Wildfire on the Range

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to an expenses-paid workshop in Boise, Idaho, May 11-13 2022, to meet with wildfire experts, travel into the field and hear firsthand from those tasked with managing fire and mitigating its impacts. Priority will be given to journalists of color. Apply by Apr 6.

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"Illinois AG Asked To Ensure Proper Cleanup Of Oil Spill"

"The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Attorney General to enforce cleanup and other action by energy company Marathon Pipe Line after an estimated 165,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from its pipeline in Edwardsville, some of which flowed into a creek, according to the state agency."

Source: Bellieville News-Democrat, 03/16/2022

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