Environmental Health

"4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels"

"Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come."

Source: HuffPost, 02/22/2021

Abbott Appointees Cut Power Reliability Team Before Deadly Storm

"Late last year, as winter approached and power companies prepared for cold weather, Gov. Greg Abbott’s hand-picked utility regulators decided they no longer wanted to work with a nonprofit organization they had hired to monitor and help Texas enforce the state’s electric reliability standards."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 02/22/2021

"UN: Huge Changes In Society Needed To Keep Nature, Earth OK"

"Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says.

Source: AP, 02/19/2021
May 10, 2021

DEADLINE: The National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships

This year-long fellowship will provide 12 early-career journalists with niche workshops, a reporting boot camp, customized webinars, registration to national conferences, access to unique resources and individual professional mentors to assist with career development. A collaboration of SEJ, AHCJ and CASW. Apply by May 10, 2021.

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DuPont Sold La. Plant Amid Fears Over Cost Of Offsetting Toxic Emissions

"Chemicals giant DuPont decided to sell a plant in south Louisiana that emits a likely cancer causing pollutant, citing “major concerns” that government agencies would regulate its emissions to protect the community living nearby, internal documents seen by the Guardian reveal."

Source: Guardian, 02/18/2021

"Firefighters Face Lies, 'Phony' Studies on PFAS Exposure"

"Firefighters attempting to uncover the truth about carcinogens in their protective clothing are confronted with the same playbook chemical companies have used for decades: twisting science to deny and downplay the dangers of their products."

Source: E&E News, 02/18/2021

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