Painful Process Underway of Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water

Long-growing concern over dangerous “forever” chemicals has drawn the attention of federal and state policymakers, local communities and the utilities that provide their drinking water. But little about regulating PFAS will be quick or easy, making it a major environmental and public health story for years to come. Issue Backgrounder unfolds the regulatory moves, the politics and the larger implications of PFAS policy.

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Uncovering the Environmental Impacts of a Controversial Water Project

Months spent gathering thousands of documents and talking to local residents led reporter Dheeraj Mishra to uncover the negative environmental impacts of a major hydro project in a water-scarce region of India. And his resulting investigative reporting got him noticed in the 2022 Society of Environmental Journalists’ 2022 awards contest. Mishra shares his insights in the new Inside Story Q&A.

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Governments Meet To Talk About Amazon Rainforest. Why Is It So Important?

"The Amazon rainforest is a massive area, twice the size of India and sprawling across eight countries and one territory. It’s a crucial carbon sink for the climate, has about 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves and boasts astounding biodiversity, including 16,000 known tree species."

Source: AP, 08/07/2023
August 31, 2023

US EPA Webinar: Food Sovereignty (Part 2) – Food Forests & Sustainable Healthy Foods

This EPA webinar will focus on how forests are an important source of healthy foods for tribal and Indigenous communities. Learn how tribes, tribal communities, indigenous communities, and any interested community can work with forest managers to access and support food forests.


Texas Prisoners Struggle To Endure Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

"A deadly heat wave continues across the Southwest, and an often forgotten group of people affected are prisoners. Many inmates struggle to stay cool in aging facilities, including in Texas — where some 100,000 prisoners live in large facilities that lack air conditioning."

Source: Texas Public Radio, 07/25/2023

"UAE Says Committed To Meet CO2 Emissions Targets After Criticism"

"The United Arab Emirates has said it is committed to delivering targets to cut the CO2 emissions causing climate change after an independent research group said the country, which will host this year's COP28 climate summit, is far off track."

Source: Reuters, 07/25/2023
July 27, 2023

Webinar: Journalism Up Against the State

Investigative journalism faces numerous threats not least being a culture of secrecy, suffocating bureaucracy and physical intimidation. This Fetisov Journalism Awards webinar gives tips and advice from the stories of award-winning journalists and begins with a focus on a nuclear waste scandal in the U.S. 11:30 a.m. ET.


"The Biden Administration Bets Big on ‘Climate Smart’ Agriculture"

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated more than $3 billion to help farmers transition to practices that sequester carbon and reduce emissions. But some researchers claim the program can’t measure emissions accurately and is unlikely to achieve its climate goals."

Source: YaleE360, 07/21/2023

"Biden Announces Physician Mandy Cohen Will Lead CDC"

"The Biden administration announced Friday that Mandy Cohen, a physician and a former North Carolina health secretary, will be the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assuming leadership of an agency left battered by the coronavirus pandemic."

Source: Washington Post, 06/21/2023


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