People & Population

February 21, 2024

SEJ Webinar: How To Use Data From Grist's Land Grab University 2.0 Investigation

In this SEJ webinar, you'll learn how to use state trust land data from Grist's latest project, a follow up to the 2020 High Country News investigation, which examined how land grant institutions got their land and money. We'll show you how to use our data set on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 1-2pm ET.

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Barbudans Launch New Environmental Lawsuit Against Wealthy Developers

"Construction of two private villas inside a national park in Barbuda has sparked the latest environmental legal fight between angry residents and wealthy foreigners seeking to develop the Caribbean island with support from the government."

Source: AP, 02/02/2024

"Too Hot To Party? Extreme Temperatures Threaten Live Music Shows"

"From hail the size of golf balls to deadly heat, concert-goers in 2023 were forced to deal with extreme weather events that put them in harm's way during the world's warmest year on record, with temperatures predicted to climb even higher in 2024."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 02/02/2024

"Millions Of Americans Face Risk Of A Toxic ‘Bomb Train’"

"Less than a year ago, a disastrous train derailment sent a massive plume of dangerous chemicals billowing over East Palestine, Ohio, startling the town of nearly 5,000 residents and onlookers nationwide. Now, a new report warns that more of these catastrophes may loom: At any given moment, more than an estimated 3 million people are unknowingly at risk, as toxic trains full of a highly combustible and carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic move between Texas and New Jersey."

Source: Washington Post, 01/31/2024

‘Carbon Colonialism’ Details the Exporting of Degradation, Climate Collapse

The climate change debate is often so focused on fossil fuels and mining that it ignores impacts in economic, political, neo-colonial and social terms, writes BookShelf’s Melody Kemp in her review of “Carbon Colonialism: How Rich Countries Export Climate Breakdown.” Why concepts like corporate social responsibility do little to stem the losses that come with such development.

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Rockets and Bombs and Chemicals — The Environmental Horrors of War

With the world in the midst of wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, it’s time for journalists to appraise — and report on — the intersection of conflict and the environment, argues the new Backgrounder. That means considering the environment not only as a victim of war, but also as the cause of war and a means of carrying it out.

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"Hawaii’s Out-Of-Control, Totally Bizarre Fight Over Stray Cats"

"On a warm day last spring, dozens of protesters gathered outside a shopping center on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island. They weren’t there to boycott a store or a pipeline or to deride a politician. They came to revolt against a new ban on feeding cats in the parking lot. “Stop starving the cats,” the protesters chanted, according to a local newspaper."

Source: Vox, 01/26/2024

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