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May 15, 2019

DEADLINE: Institute for Environmental Journalism Summer 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization InsideClimate News is running two summer journalism programs (coastal Maine or NYC) for high school students and recent graduates as an introduction to the process of environmental journalism and to give more experienced reporters a unique approach to covering climate change. Financial aid available (Apr 15 deadline). Application deadline: May 15.

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"School Lessons Targeted By Climate Change Doubters"

"A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs."

Source: AP, 03/08/2019
March 19, 2019

Science Talks with the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage: Trends in Sustainable Agriculture for Science Reporters

Science Talks is an educational webinar series for journalists presented by Wiley in partnership with the World Federation of Science Journalists and the Association of Health Care Journalists. These complimentary, one-hour sessions provide journalists with on-going training in science topics of particular global importance. Sixth in the series, on sustainable agriculture, takes place at 11am EDT; registration required.

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Prospect of Commercial Fishing In Central Arctic Ocean Poses Big Questions

"There has never been commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean — the part that surrounds the North Pole and is beyond any country’s jurisdiction. But with ice-free conditions projected within this century, countries are already preparing for how to deal with that possibility in the future."

Source: NPR, 03/06/2019

Wheeler, Who Continued Environmental Rollbacks, Confirmed to Lead EPA

"The Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew R. Wheeler to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, giving oversight of the nation’s air and water to a former coal lobbyist and seasoned Washington insider."

Source: NY Times, 03/01/2019

Judge Throws Out Federal Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times

"A University of Florida horticulture professor known for his scientific defense of genetically modified foods lost his defamation suit against journalist Eric Lipton and the New York Times for describing his close relationships with biotech giants including Monsanto."

Source: Tallahassee Democrat, 03/01/2019

Very High CO2 Could Suppress Cooling Clouds, Climate Model Warns

"Stratocumulus clouds, which hover low in the sky and create vast decks of cloud cover, have a supreme value in our warming world: Their white tops reflect lots of solar radiation back into space. ... Those stratocumulus cloud decks could vanish, further intensifying global warming."

Source: Washington Post, 02/28/2019

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