Trump Reverses Decision to Reject California Request for Wildfire Relief

"President Trump reversed himself on Friday, approving a package of wildfire disaster relief for California hours after officials from his administration had explained why the state should not receive the aid."

Source: NYTimes, 10/19/2020

SEJ Board Votes To Change Bylaws for New Student Category and Removal of Gendered Language

On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists voted unanimously to make changes to SEJ’s bylaws that would allow for a new student category and remove gendered language. These changes stem in part from discussions on SEJ listservs, which the board heard and recognized.

As per our bylaws, the vote passed the board with the required two-thirds majority.

The next step needed to enact these changes is for the ballot questions to receive affirmatives on two-thirds of the votes of members entitled to vote in the 2020 election.


"Climate Impacts: U.S. Migrants On The Move Due To Warming"

"Climate migration in America is no longer about small, isolated communities pulling up stakes to avoid floods, wildfires or rising seas. Physically moving to reduce climate risk is becoming mainstream, experts say, even if climate migrants don't acknowledge warming as a driver of their relocation decisions."

Source: E&E News, 10/16/2020

"FERC Sparks Firestorm With Landmark Carbon Pricing Move"

"The nation's top energy regulators yesterday paved the way for states to incorporate a carbon tax into regional power markets in an unprecedented move that is garnering mixed reviews, including pushback from conservatives and progressive environmentalists."

Source: E&E News, 10/16/2020

"Japan To Release Fukushima's Contaminated Water Into Sea: Reports"

"Nearly a decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s government has decided to release over one million tonnes of contaminated water into the sea, media reports said on Friday, with a formal announcement expected to be made later this month."

Source: Reuters, 10/16/2020

"Shuffle of EPA's Science Advisers Elevates Those With Industry Tries"

"A shuffle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent board of science advisers will add a longtime consultant who has worked for the tobacco and chemicals industries while promoting a member listed as someone “not to pick” by the Union of Concerned Scientists to be the panel's chair."

Source: The Hill, 10/16/2020


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