Policy

Tracking the Big Climate Bills — An Infrastructure/Reconciliation Breakdown

During the next two weeks, expect a rush of Congressional activity as both chambers attempt to set details that will constitute what some see as possibly the most important climate legislation in years. TipSheet helps you keep track of the action, first setting the stage on two massive measures, and then providing resources to track more than half-a-dozen House committees.

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Reclaiming Coal Country — Quest for a New Economy in Appalachia 

Longtime energy and environment journalist Elizabeth McGowan traveled to southeast Kentucky to shine a light on efforts to diversify Appalachia’s longtime coal-based economy. In FEJ StoryLog, McGowan shares how her on-the-ground reporting approach, funded in part by the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism, yielded not only a powerful story, but insights into overcoming its challenges.

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Fossil Fuel Industry Pitches Carbon Capture As Climate Cure. But Is It?

Carbon capture and storage technology has been around for years, but is being repositioned as a way to continue using fossil fuels in the face of climate change. Backgrounder takes a close look at how it works, its history and its politics. But even as the technology is taken up by Congress, the question is: Does the math add up?

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September 21, 2021 to September 22, 2021

1st Annual Conference on Carbon Removal Law & Policy

Join the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy at American University, online, for the 1st Annual Conference on Carbon Removal Law & Policy. The focus of the inaugural conference will be on ocean-based carbon removal options and the role of law and policy in research and potential deployment.

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Reporting Innovations Hold Promise for Reporting on Climate Change Amid News Deserts

Slashed news budgets and staff cuts have left many U.S. newsrooms short on time and resources for deep reporting on climate change and other complex topics. But two innovative projects at The Post and Courier in South Carolina — one enriching breaking news stories and the other fostering news outlet cooperation — aim at filling the void. Acclaimed journalist Tony Bartelme explains.

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A Chance To Widen Public Information About Chemical Hazards

For years, public information about some of the deadliest chemical security risks has been limited. But now that the Biden EPA is exploring the issue, our latest WatchDog opinion column explains why this is such an important open information issue for environmental reporters and other journalists.

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Covering New IPCC Reports Helps Explain Gravity of Climate Crisis

A new science assessment released this week pinpoints more global warming risks, but also represents reporting challenges to environmental journalists working to cover climate change. Veteran climate journalist Bob Berwyn has the latest news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and advice for reporters working the climate beat. Plus, links to other climate change reporting resources.

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July 28, 2021

SEJ Webinar: Can We Talk? Getting the Story From Biden’s Interior Department

Join SEJ July 28 for a conversation with top aides to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland as we explore what access journalists have now to experts and information at Interior and its many bureaus and offices. 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. SEJ members only. Not a member? Join us (eligibility requirements apply).

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July 21, 2021

SEJ Webinar: The Future Is Here — Climate Science and Covering the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

Join SEJ July 21, ahead of the Aug 9 release of IPCC's 6th Assessment Report, for an expert overview of the IPCC process, its findings and what they might mean for U.S. policy. We’ll also discuss strategies for effectively pitching stories on climate science and projections. 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

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Solar Panel Stories Can Shine for Local, Regional Reporters

As the solar panel business resurges, the wide scope of possible regional and local story angles — climate, tech, consumer, business, jobs, air quality and grid reliability — make bright prospects for journalists. The latest TipSheet sets out recent political and market developments, along with more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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