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AMS: Trump Claim About Climate Scientists ‘Misleading And Very Damaging’

"In his interview with Lesley Stahl on Sunday night, President Trump said that climate scientists who find that human activities are driving climate change have a “very big political agenda.” The American Meteorological Society (AMS), the leading scientific society for meteorology and related disciplines, pushed back forcefully on that assertion."

Source: Washington Post, 10/19/2018

"Endangered Species: FWS Recommends Shielding Some Records From Public"

"The Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending that staffers 'withhold' certain documents requested by the public on Endangered Species Act decisions in cases where the service can 'foresee harm' in future lawsuits challenging those decisions."

Source: Greenwire, 10/19/2018
November 3, 2018

SEJ/CUNY FOIA Workshop: Separating Facts from Fake News

Do you use FOIA requests in your work? Can’t live without FOIA, but wish you were better at it? SEJ is co-sponsoring this free workshop at the CUNY Law School in New York. Pick up tips that will turn you into a FOIA pro in no time. The event will be livestreamed in part to some colleges around the country.

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SEJ Weighs in on Khashoggi, Parks Canada; Plus, Zinke Calendar & Data Resources

The Society of Environmental Journalists has joined several dozen other journalism groups calling for the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and separately, urged Parks Canada to stop imposing reporting barriers for journalists. That, plus black holes in the calendar for Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, and new data resources for reporters. All in the latest WatchDog Tipsheet.

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As Climate Struggle Gets Real, Cities Stand on Front Line

When it comes to facing the risks of coming climate change, cities and states are leading the way for the United States. That means planning for future emissions reductions, as well as preparing for probable impacts. This week’s TipSheet has the story, with details on which local governments are acting and resources to find more, plus ten key questions to ask.

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SEJ Joins 29 Groups Urging Saudi Arabia To Investigate Khashoggi's Disappearance

The groups, representing thousands of journalists and their supporters, joined the United States government and others in urging a full investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Read the text of the October 11 letter here.

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From News to Nest, Veteran Reporter Follows Seabirds' 'Improbable Quest'

Pulitzer Prize finalist Derrick Jackson had written about everything from sports to politics. But then as his interest in the environment began to grow, he had a close encounter with some threatened puffin chicks that became a defining long-term project. Our latest “Between the Lines” author Q&A explores how this newsman and columnist came to co-author and photograph “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock.

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Incinerators Offer Local Journalists Some Burning Issues

Incinerators — there may be fewer of them these days, but it’s likely there’s still one near you and it’s probably polluting the air. How a cheap method to make garbage go away now has become a problem of its own, one that often sparks debates over environmental justice. This week’s Tipsheet has a quick rundown on incinerator regulation, outlines key problem areas and offers resources for reporting your own local incinerator story.

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Long View Finds a Wealth of Great Journalism, Innovation

Journalism has hit many a speed bump in recent years. But one veteran observer finds that over the long haul, environmental reporters have produced much exceptional work. In the latest EJ Academy, Editor Bob Wyss looks at how trends like the growth of collaboration, startup innovation, and the explosion of visual and data journalism have boosted the professional in the last decade. Here are seven major findings from his research.

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