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SEJ Transparency Policy

In the spirit of promoting government transparency, an informed democratic process and press freedoms, SEJ strives to hold its own actions as a model of transparency. To that end, it is SEJ policy for all public SEJ events, educational programs, services and other activities to be held on the record. Events or conference sessions held solely to facilitate story or pitching ideas to editors and/or publishers are excepted from this policy. Any additional proposed exceptions must receive approval from the Executive Committee of the SEJ Board of Directors.

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September 21, 2020 to September 25, 2020

14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

CBA14 will take place online, bringing together practitioners, grassroots representatives, policymakers and donors for interactive discussions, workshops and skillshares around the themes of climate finance, adaptation technology, responsive policy, nature-based solutions and youth stream.

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August 19, 2020 to August 20, 2020

IJNR Virtual Workshop for Journalists: Ocean and Climate

This free Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources online workshop for journalists will gather a host of experts from around North America to discuss the complicated relationship between climate and ocean, current impacts and future possibilities. Registration opens Aug 5 to the first 25 registrants.

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Disaster Aid Sometimes Helps Fund the Next Disaster

As hurricane season gets into full swing, a perpetual paradox reemerges — does disaster aid  help or harm? Government financial assistance in a disaster’s wake may seem a boon, but could it just encourage communities to repeat the mistakes of the past? The latest TipSheet explores the question and provides context, reporting resources and story ideas.

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"Sanders-Biden Climate Task Force Calls For Carbon-Free Power By 2035"

"A unity task force made up of supporters of both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden has come up with a series of broad environmental recommendations for Biden as he prepares to become the official Democratic presidential nominee."

Source: The Hill, 07/09/2020

Coronavirus Silence, Secrecy Harms Public Health

Mishandling of vital information by the U.S. government worsened the COVID-19 pandemic, argues the latest WatchDog. The no-holds-barred opinion piece, which notes that coronavirus is as much an environmental story as a public health one, points the finger at the White House and the “Silent CDC,” sifts the wreckage of the testing program and speculates about the dearth of data as the nation reopens.

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Disaster Preparedness Key Amid Pandemic

Unheeded warnings are the hallmark of many disasters. And with coronavirus still hobbling the nation, communities and journalists must now watch for all the ways COVID-19 could make even the most familiar hazards far worse. Prepare with this extensive Backgrounder, which touches on issues around evacuations and emergency readiness when facing storms, fires, toxic releases and more.

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While No One Was Watching — Changing Enviro Regs Under Trump

Regulations that sprang from cornerstone environmental laws in place for decades are now under attack by the Trump administration, per legal experts in a recent webinar co-sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Get key takeaways and resources from the event from SEJ’s Dale Willman. Plus, watch the full webinar video.

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NEPA Rollback, EPA Science Rules Threaten Transparency; Plus, Pandemic Press Restrictions?

A long-standing law designed to protect public information about environmental impacts is facing an unfavorable overhaul, while a proposal dictating how EPA uses scientific findings in its rulings is nearing finalization. WatchDog has those items, plus how states are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict press and more.

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