Environmental Health

"Bubonic Plague In Chipmunks Forces Closure Of Top Lake Tahoe Sites"

"Surrounded by fires, parched by drought, and shut down by the pandemic – residents of California’s scenic South Lake Tahoe thought they’d endured everything. That was until this week, when the US Forest Service announced it was closing several popular sites after discovering bubonic plague in the chipmunk population."

Source: Guardian, 08/04/2021

"Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Wouldn’t Remove All Lead Pipes"

"President Joe Biden has repeatedly bragged that the bipartisan infrastructure bill germinating in the U.S. Senate will spur the removal of America’s toxic drinking water pipes made of lead. ... But the bill does not require water utilities to replace lead pipes. Rather, it provides $15 billion to a revolving fund that utilities can use to replace lead pipes if they want ― something that’s only happened in a handful of cities to date."

Source: HuffPost, 08/04/2021

"China, India Miss UN Deadline To Update Emissions Targets"

"China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh plans for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for the global body to include their pledges in a report for governments at this year’s global climate summit, officials said Saturday."

Source: AP, 08/02/2021
August 5, 2021

Drought in the American West: "The Everything Disaster"

Join a roundtable of experienced journalists and subject-matter experts for a virtual discussion on the drying of the American West, what it means and how to report it. Hosted by SEJ and Circle of Blue. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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August 27, 2021

DEADLINE: NPF Fellowship on Biomass and Climate Change Ahead of COP26 Conference

Join the National Press Foundation for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for 20 U.S. and Canadian journalists to look at the economic, climate and conservation issues posed by biomass. The training will be held Oct 10-13, 2021 in North Carolina (or online if pandemic worsens). The deadline to apply is Aug 27.

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