People & Population

October 7, 2022

Virtual Workshop on the Human Cost of Climate Change

Climate change impacts have begun to promote large-scale human migration to more hospitable areas, a trend set to accelerate. The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute presents a workshop with interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners who'll share knowledge and discuss the issues. 9:00 a.m. - Noon ET.


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 22, 2022

SciLine Media Briefing: The Lasting Toll of Hurricanes on Communities

SciLine will host a briefing for reporters on the long-term toll of hurricanes on community services and infrastructure. Three experts will discuss the lasting effects of disruptions to municipal services, as well as sustained impacts on housing and schools in the months and years after a storm. 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.


The Last Days Of A Louisiana Tribe’s Struggle To Escape The Rising Sea

"ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES - When she was a girl, Theresa “Betty” Billiot would open the back door to a view of cattle grazing in pastures, cotton fields and wild prairie dotted with duck ponds. Now she opens the same door and sees nothing but the rising sea."

Source:, 08/29/2022

"On Chile Rivers, Native Spirituality And Development Clash"

"Mist suddenly arose from the Truful Truful River as it flowed below the snow-covered Llaima volcano, and Victor Curin smiled at the sun-dappled water spray. A leader in one of the Indigenous communities by the river’s shores in the Chilean Andes, Curin took it as a sign that the waterfall’s ngen — its owner and protector spirit — approved of his visit and prayer that mid-July morning."

Source: AP, 08/24/2022

Keeping Up With Victims Displaced by Climate Disasters

Disasters driven by climate change can leave a lot of people needing help or being displaced long term. But a key safety net and a central federal aid agency often accomplish little to help climate refugees, reports the latest TipSheet. Get the backstory, plus the outlook, along with questions and resources for stories in your community in the wake of climate disasters.

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"Columbia River's Salmon Are at the Core of Ancient Religion"

"James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck."

Source: AP, 08/19/2022

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

"Wind-Whipped Fire Leaves Northern California Hamlet In Ashes"

"A week ago, the scenic Northern California hamlet of Klamath River was home to about 200 people and had a community center, post office and a corner grocery store. Now, after a wildfire raged through the forested region near the Oregon state line, four people are dead and the store is among the few buildings not reduced to ashes."

Source: AP, 08/04/2022


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