Central America & the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Dorian Could Be Hurricane As It Nears Puerto Rico

"The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico early Tuesday as Tropical Storm Dorian moved through the Windward Islands. Also early Tuesday, the Dominican Republic government issued a hurricane watch for some parts of the island and a tropical storm watch for portions of its north and south coasts."

Source: CBS/AP, 08/27/2019
June 16, 2019

DEADLINE: GRID-Arendal Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants

GRID-Arendal, through its Environmental Crime Programme, two grant recipients NOK 25,000 (approximately 2,500 Euros) each for investigative journalism projects focusing on illegal fisheries and illegal logging  in a country that is on the DAC list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients. Deadline is Jun 16, 2019.

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Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

"It’s a green big deal for a tiny sliver of a country. Costa Rica, population 5 million, wants to wean itself from fossil fuels by 2050, and the chief evangelist of the idea is a 38-year-old urban planner named Claudia Dobles who also happens to be the first lady."

Source: NY Times, 03/14/2019

Environmental (In)Justice Coverage Grows, As More Media Take Note

Environmental justice-related stories are expected to get more attention in the news media in 2019. But that’s not because the challenge of protecting marginalized communities from lopsided environmental impacts is being met. This week’s TipSheet explains, in a look-ahead to environmental justice stories making the news, the many forms the problem takes, the many communities affected and the emerging notion of “climate justice.”

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Ditching Plastic Straws — A Strawman for the Real Problem of Marine Litter?

Plastic straws might have quickly become this summer’s bogeyman, with bans by Starbucks, hotel chains, resorts and some big cities. But as this week’s TipSheet points out, straws are only a part of the massive marine litter problem facing the world’s oceans. Here’s how to put recent straw bans into broader perspective.

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Hurricane Reporting, By the Numbers

​Smart coverage of the ongoing hurricane season means reporting not just people stories, but numbers stories too. This week’s TipSheet explains and offers half a dozen metrics, including pressure, width, surge and rainfall, to better track these extreme storms. Plus, should there be a “Category 6?”

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