New Environmental Justice Index Helps ID Vulnerable Communities

Biden administration efforts to measure its response to environmental injustice have spurred the launch of a place-based database that scores individual communities on the issue. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox reviews the new government index and suggests that despite weaknesses, it is still useful as part of a suite of similar tools. Learn more about how to effectively use the new database.

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September 21, 2022

Interview a Scientist – Noise Pollution and Human Health

Reporters can book a 15-min interview with pollution expert Dr. Erica Walker, from the Brown University School of Public Health, between 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, on the impacts of noise pollution on human health, impact disparities for different demographic groups and steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure to noise pollution.


"Polio Has Been Found In The U.S. Here’s What To Know."

"In July, a 20-year-old man from Rockland County, N.Y., was diagnosed with polio, a disabling and potentially deadly disease that had been considered eliminated in the United States. The infected man was unvaccinated and had not traveled overseas during the period when he could have been exposed to the virus, suggesting he contracted it in this country."

Source: Washington Post, 08/23/2022

CDC Plans An ‘Ambitious’ Agency Overhaul To Address Covid Missteps

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency that has had its reputation battered by a series of missteps in the Covid-19 pandemic, and a slow response to the monkeypox outbreak, will undergo an “ambitious” overhaul, Director Rochelle Walensky announced Wednesday."

Source: STAT, 08/18/2022
July 28, 2022

Sciline Media Briefing: High Heat and Health

SciLine’s next media briefing will focus on the physical and mental health effects of experiencing extreme heat for different demographic groups, including children and vulnerable adults such as the elderly and outdoor workers. 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, including Q&A.


Epidemiologists Warn U.S. Reaches Critical Moment To Contain Monkeypox

"On the heels of a public health emergency declaration from the World Health Organization, epidemiologists and public health experts warn the U.S. is running out of time to contain a monkeypox outbreak that has infected nearly 3,000 Americans."

Source: NPR, 07/25/2022

Grants Uncover Downside of Wood Stoves, Water Subsidy Impacts

When a young Ohio-based journalist found her interest piqued by the environmental impacts of wood-burning stoves, she turned — for a second time — to the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Her grant helped her dig deeper and, ultimately, produce a report for Undark. Reporter Diana Kruzman shares her experience with both FEJ-funded projects, along with advice for other grant seekers, in the new StoryLog.

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