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Earth Day: A Senator More Than 50 Years Ago Got People Fighting For Planet

"Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day. It’s an annual event founded by people who hoped to stir activism to clean up and preserve a planet that is now home to some 8 billion humans and assorted trillions of other organisms."

Source: AP, 04/22/2024
May 2, 2024

SEJ Webinar: The Intersections of Press Freedom and the Environment

Join Freedom of the Press Foundation and SEJ for a virtual discussion on obstacles U.S. journalists face when reporting urgent climate change and environmental issues for their communities — whether violence or arrest when covering environmental protests or denials of access and legal obstructions when investigating centers of political and corporate power. Q&A to follow. 12pm ET/9am PT. 

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Climate Change Damage Could Cost $38 Trillion Per Year By 2050: Study

"Damage to farming, infrastructure, productivity, and health from climate change will cost an estimated $38 trillion per year by 2050, German government-backed research finds, a figure almost certain to rise as human activity emits more greenhouse gases."

Source: Reuters, 04/18/2024

"Climate Change Played A Role In Killing Tens Of Thousands Of People In 2023"

"At nine years old, Carter Vigh loved soccer, his friends, and dancing to music. ... Carter also had asthma. The hot temperatures and dense wildfire smoke that enveloped the Vighs’ British Columbia home, 100 Mile House, in the summer of 2023 exacerbated his asthma and killed him."

Source: Yale Climate Connections, 04/18/2024

"Texas Hack May Be First Disruption Of U.S. Water System By Russia"

"In January, an alert citizen in Muleshoe, Tex., was driving by a park and noticed that a water tower was overflowing. Authorities soon determined the system that controlled the city’s water supply had been hacked. In two hours, tens of thousands of gallons of water had flowed into the street and drain pipes."

Source: Washington Post, 04/18/2024
May 2, 2024 to May 4, 2024

World Press Freedom Day Conference

Between May 2 and 4, Chile and UNESCO will host the 31st World Press Freedom Day Conference in Santiago. This year's theme is "A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis." The event will also be livestreamed.

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