Natural Resources

Climate Change at Core of Beat Reporters’ Award-Winning Coverage

Beat reporters Hal Bernton and Mark Kaufman both found the dramatic changes wrought by climate change to be at the center of their coverage — as their work was elevated to prize-winning heights. Bernton, covering climate impacts in northwestern Alaska at a large newspaper, and Kaufman, covering CO2 globally for a digital platform, talk about the lessons of their recent beat coverage with SEJournal’s Inside Story.

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"Navajo Nation Pushes For Radioactive Waste Remnants To Be Removed"

"Navajo Nation continues to hold strong on its stance against radioactive waste being dumped near its lands, while also pushing for the waste to be removed completely."

Source: Source New Mexico, 10/25/2021

"Feds Hit Brakes — Again — On Mining Near Boundary Waters"

"President Joe Biden's administration is seeking a 20-year moratorium on mining in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, restarting a process that started, and stopped, under previous administrations."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/21/2021

Florida Mulls The Unthinkable: Feeding Starving Manatees In The Wild

"As Florida's record manatee die-off nears 1,000 victims so far this year, the state's top wildlife official asked lawmakers for $7 million more in 2022 to save starving sea cows and suggested that his agency temporarily do what would today get you a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in prison: tossing them a few scraps of leafy blades."

Source: Florida Today, 10/18/2021
November 3, 2021

DEADLINE: IJNR/SEJ Virtual Workshop on Environmental Racism and Indigenous Communities

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, in partnership with SEJ, will present a virtual workshop, Nov 17-18, 2021, on covering the ongoing problem of Indigenous voices being ignored or silenced during conversations about contemporary natural resource management. Participating journalists eligible for story grants. Deadline: Nov 3.

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