Environmental Politics

"U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse"

"New data may signal a deadly change in America’s environmental health."

"After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years.

Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by two Carnegie Mellon economists.

The working paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research may signal a deadly change in U.S. environmental health.

Source: Bloomberg, 10/23/2019

"E&E News Report Begets Possible Pebble Insider Trading Probe"

"Environmental group Earthworks wants an investigation into possible insider trading by an investor and others involved in EPA's actions surrounding the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, according to a formal complaint filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New Jersey Bureau of Securities and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority."

Source: Greenwire, 10/23/2019

Trump Admin Moves to Lift Protections for Fish and Divert Water to Farms

"The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to weaken protections for a threatened California fish, a change that would allow large amounts of water to be diverted from the San Francisco Bay Delta to irrigate arid farmland and could harm the region’s fragile ecosystem."

Source: NY Times, 10/23/2019
October 30, 2019

DEADLINE: ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network Grants

ProPublica's Local Reporting Network pays the salary and a stipend for benefits for reporters at news organizations across the country so they can spend a year working on an accountability journalism project of importance to their communities. 2019 deadlines: Oct 2 for state government projects; Oct 30 for local accountability projects.

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November 5, 2019

NPF Webinar: Covering Clean Energy and Politics

In this free National Press Foundation webinar (1:00-2:00 p.m. EST), we will help journalists understand clean energy and climate change and the resources you’ll need to cover these issues in an election year. Topics to be covered include global trends and challenges, fuel diversity, and government incentives and pressures.

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