Planning & Growth

Uncovering the Environmental Impacts of a Controversial Water Project

Months spent gathering thousands of documents and talking to local residents led reporter Dheeraj Mishra to uncover the negative environmental impacts of a major hydro project in a water-scarce region of India. And his resulting investigative reporting got him noticed in the 2022 Society of Environmental Journalists’ 2022 awards contest. Mishra shares his insights in the new Inside Story Q&A.

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Dangerous Inland Flooding in Reporters’ Forecast

While much attention is paid to hurricane flooding along the coasts, recent disasters in the Northeast United States brought home the dangers of flooding inland. The latest TipSheet has the basics, plus more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources for local journalists to prepare for coverage of inland floods.

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July 27, 2023

Webinar: How To Cover Planetary Boundaries

Are you interested in learning how to write about and cover the Earth’s nine planetary boundaries? Do you have a story idea related to ecological tipping points and the impacts on Earth’s ecosystems? Mongabay's latest webinar features a panel with experience on this increasingly covered topic. 7:00 a.m. ET.

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July 21, 2023

DEADLINE: Columbia University's Age Boom Academy 2023

Run in partnership with the Columbia Journalism School, the 2023 Age Boom Academy will cover the topic of America's Housing Crisis and Our Longer Lives. Journalists may apply to become a fellow for this intensive, multi-session, online workshop taking place in October 2023. Deadline: Jul 21.

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"Tribes Seek Greater Involvement In Talks On Colorado River Water Crisis"

"As the federal government starts negotiations on long-term plans for the overtapped Colorado River, leaders of tribes are pushing for more involvement in the talks, saying they want to be at the table in high-level discussions among the seven states that rely on the river."

Source: LA Times, 06/20/2023

The Seven Stages of Beach Exploitation (and Restoration)

When most people think of coastal tourist destinations, they imagine beaches lined by palm trees and exclusive resorts. But those are exactly the kind of realities that contribute to the environmental and economic decline of coastal communities and their local residents, argues a new book. Contributing Editor Jenny Weeks has our review in the new BookShelf.

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Arizona Will Halt Some New Phoenix Home Approvals As Water Supplies Tighten

"The groundwater aquifers currently serving 4.6 million people across metro Phoenix are lagging behind growth on a trajectory that would run just short of projected needs in 100 years, according to a new state groundwater model released Thursday by Gov. Katie Hobbs. As a result, the state's water agency will stop approving new development that relies solely on groundwater."

Source: Arizona Republlic, 06/02/2023

"Land Around The U.S. Is Sinking. Here Are Some Of The Fastest Areas."

"Imagine Earth’s surface is like a stack of pancakes. The pancakes, or layers of soil and rocks, may appear fairly evenly stacked and fluffy. Over time though, the stack can become compressed, thinner and shorter. Scientists observe this downward motion of land, called land subsidence, across the planet."

Source: Washington Post, 05/31/2023

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