Journalism & Media

Cross-Border Project Exposes Extent of PFAS Contamination in Europe

A dozen European news partners collaborated last year to gather a massive set of water, soil and organism samples that pointed to more than 17,000 PFAS-contaminated sites in the region, many known to authorities but kept from the public. The award-winning project was led by Le Monde’s Stéphane Horel, who spoke with SEJournal for the latest Inside Story Q&A.

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Spurt in Hydro Relicensing To Leave U.S. Awash in Environmental Stories

Hundreds of hydropower dams in the United States will see their licenses expiring in the next decade, generating years-long federal relicensing processes. That prospect calls for close local and regional coverage of the complicated balance between renewable energy needs with negative environmental impacts. The latest TipSheet explains the licensing process and the dam backstory, along with a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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Climate Crisis Makes for Real Fashion Emergency

Fast fashion’s lack of sustainability has long been the subject of news media coverage. But now the realities of climate change mean that fashion reporting must be reimagined to include the lived environmental and human rights realities of workers making what we wear, writes contributor Yessenia Funes in the new Voices of Environmental Justice column. Ideas and resources for getting past simplistic fashion industry narratives.

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#SEJSpotlight: Erin Stone, Climate Emergency Reporter, LAist

Meet SEJ member Erin Stone! Before coming to LAist in late 2021, Erin covered topics such as mental health, domestic violence and environmental issues for newspapers in Texas, Arizona and northern California. She turned her focus to climate coverage after reporting on the devastating impacts of rising sea levels on communities in the remote Sundarbans islands in India.

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"New Government Heat Risk Tool Sets Magenta As Most Dangerous Level"

"The National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday — Earth Day — presented a new online heat risk system that combines meteorological and medical risk factors with a seven-day forecast that’s simplified and color-coded for a warming world of worsening heat waves."

Source: AP, 04/24/2024

Top Louisiana University Lets Oil Firms Influence Research – For A Price

"Louisiana State University allowed Shell to influence studies after a $25m donation and sought funds from other fossil fuel firms".

Source: Guardian/Lens, 04/23/2024

Will Zombie Ag-Gag Laws Ever Really Die?

Laws that make undercover journalistic investigations of animal agriculture operations illegal violate the First Amendment, right? Not so clear, laments WatchDog Opinion, which points out that while the Supreme Court appeared to have struck down such laws just last year, it may now revisit the issue. Why it should matter not just to environmental reporters but to all journalists.

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May 20, 2024

DEADLINE: Yale Environment 360 Film Contest

This annual contest honors the year’s best environmental films from around the world, highlighting work that has not previously been widely seen. Cash prizes. Deadline to enter is May 20, 2024.

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Earth Day: A Senator More Than 50 Years Ago Got People Fighting For Planet

"Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day. It’s an annual event founded by people who hoped to stir activism to clean up and preserve a planet that is now home to some 8 billion humans and assorted trillions of other organisms."

Source: AP, 04/22/2024

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