Environmental Studies

New Interior Rule Would Limit Scientific Studies Agency Can Consider

"The Interior Department is pushing ahead with a controversial proposal that would prohibit the agency from considering scientific studies that don’t make all of their underlying data public."

Source: The Hill, 02/27/2020

"After Trump Mocks a Sea Wall in New York, Plan Is Abruptly Shelved"

"The Trump administration has unexpectedly halted a project to protect the New York City region from flooding during dangerous storms like Hurricane Sandy — a decision that came six weeks after President Trump took to Twitter to ridicule the study’s most expensive proposal, a giant sea wall that could have cost billions of dollars."

Source: NY Times, 02/26/2020

"Green Group Sues Trump Over Major Environmental Rollback"

"An environmental group is trying to block one of President Trump’s most far-reaching environmental rollbacks from taking effect, arguing the administration has not provided proper access to public documents on a new rule that would limit the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)."

Source: The Hill, 02/14/2020

Covering Your Climate: The Emerald Corridor

This special report is designed to help journalists in the Pacific Northwest cover the impacts of climate change, as well as the actions taken to mitigate its worst effects and to adapt to what can’t be stopped. The report includes a wide-ranging issue backgrounder and tipsheets on climate impacts, mitigation and adaptation, plus a toolbox of sources. Read on for a wealth of story ideas for right now, and over the coming decade. We hope this is the first in a series of regional climate special reports, and welcome your suggestions and ideas for future editions of "Covering Your Climate."​

March 31, 2020

DEADLINE: Bill Lane Center for the American West Media Fellowship

Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West is offering a media fellowship, giving one $5,000 stipend for three months’ work. The grant will fund a journalist illuminating crucial issues about the region. Apply by Mar 31, 2020.


Bureau of Land Management May Exempt Plans From Environmental Review

"The Bureau of Land Management may stop studying how its long-term blueprints for millions of acres of public lands would affect the environment, according to a document shared with Bloomberg Environment."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 02/05/2020

"Trump’s Border Wall Faces Environmental Challenge at High Court"

"Environmental groups are calling on the Supreme Court to review the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to exempt various border wall projects from environmental laws."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 02/03/2020

"How Trump’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Would Put Patients’ Privacy at Risk"

"When patients participate in health studies, their medical and genetic details are typically kept anonymous to protect them. A controversial Trump administration plan to limit the scientific studies used in policymaking could put that anonymity in jeopardy, a new study warns."

Source: InsideClimate News, 01/20/2020

"U.S. Flood Risk Model To Be Publicly Available In Boon For Homebuyers"

"A climate research organization will offer access to a risk model that predicts the probability of flooding for homes across the United States, giving the public a look at the data institutional investors use to gauge risk."

Source: Reuters, 01/14/2020


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