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High School Students, Frustrated By Lack Of Climate Education, Seek Change

"Several dozen young people wearing light blue T-shirts imprinted with #teachclimate filled a hearing room in the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul in late February. It was a cold and windy day, in contrast to the state’s nearly snowless, warm winter."

Source: AP, 05/10/2024

"US Republican Attorneys General Sue To Stop EPA's Carbon Rule"

"Republican attorneys general from 27 U.S. states and industry trade groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to block a landmark rule requiring sweeping reductions in carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants."

Source: Reuters, 05/10/2024

Amid Controversial Sale, U.S. Steel Falls Behind In Cleaner Steelmaking

"U.S. Steel’s proposed sale to Nippon Steel stokes concerns over labor rights and national security, all while the company continues to break clean air laws in Western Pennsylvania."

Source: Daily Climate, 05/10/2024

EPA Closes Racial Probes Into Jackson Water, Finds ‘Insufficient Evidence’

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closed its civil rights probes into the water crisis in Jackson, Miss., saying there was “insufficient evidence” to say that the state discriminated against residents on the basis of race."

Source: The Hill, 05/10/2024

Rapid Response Grant Yields Oil Patch Stories, Book Chapter

Mid-pandemic, freelancer Erika Bolstad struck out from Oregon for the boom-bust Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, with cash from a grant, two story assignments and years of book research. She shares her experience on the road, dealing with COVID risks, tricky timing and a stubborn bureaucracy, as well as a generous well-plugger and supportive editors. Read the new FEJ StoryLog.

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Property Risk Disclosure Reveals Reportable Environmental Threats

As the real estate market enters its busiest time of year, it’s also a smart time for environmental journalists to explore and report on all the risks facing prospective property owners — whether lead paint or pipes, radon, flood, wildfire or more. The latest TipSheet explores the beat and offers up more than a dozen story ideas to pursue in your community.

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"The Surging Demand For Data Is Guzzling Virginia’s Water"

"In recent years, these data centers have been rapidly expanding in the United States. But the gargantuan facilities do more than keep cloud servers running — they also guzzle absurd amounts of water to run cooling systems that protect their components from overheating."

Source: Grist, 05/09/2024

TVA Ignores Warnings In Moving Forward With New Natural Gas Plant

"The nation’s largest public utility is moving ahead with a plan for a new natural gas plant in Tennessee despite warnings that its environmental review of the project doesn’t comply with federal law."

Source: AP, 05/09/2024

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