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To Cover Climate Equity Well, Journalists Must Maintain Mental Health

When climate journalists — especially those confronting various forms of oppression in their own communities — witness environmental destruction and human suffering, the trauma can creep into our psyches. But sometimes our professional stance keeps us from seeing the harm to our mental health. In her new Voices of Environmental Justice column, Yessenia Funes looks at the question head-on, exploring resources and paths to better self-care.

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Top Data Sources Can Help Cover the Larger Wildfire Story

In the aftermath of breaking wildfire news, when environmental journalists are looking to tell the bigger picture story, there are myriad resources that provide data and insight. To help you sort through it all, the latest Reporter’s Toolbox scans eight powerful data portals that provide everything from real-time tracking and satellite data to risk analysis and health impacts.

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September 28, 2023

Online Workshop: Achieving Safe and Sustainable Food Packaging — Where Are We Now?

This annual gathering, hosted by Switzerland-based Food Packaging Forum, brings together a diverse group of international stakeholders from government, industry, food service, retail, academia, civil society, and beyond. Journalists can participate for free, either in Zurich, Switzerland or online.

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One Grant, Multiple Stories

Seattle-based correspondent Brett Walton has a habit of adding extra days to his reporting schedules. In this FEJ StoryLog, Walton shares how he used one such buffer to stretch a grant and produce not just one story on California’s small drinking water systems, but a second on the aftermath of wildfire on another town’s water system, plus finish a third pending project on household water debt.

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Waste Incineration May Put Toxics Into Local Air

Sometimes on the environment beat, what seems like an old story is perpetually new again. That’s the case with waste incineration, finds the latest TipSheet. Rather than being reduced, incinerators are just being transformed, with the ongoing burning of plastics especially troubling for the environment and public health. Get the backstory on where the regulatory regime may have holes, plus key reporting angles and story ideas.

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Data on Pesticide Incidents Openly Available for First Time

A decade’s worth of government pesticide data — only available before through FOIA — has been made newly available. And, explains the latest Reporter’s Toolbox, it can lead to revealing environmental, public health and environmental justice stories. More on how the data came to be compiled and advice on using it smartly, along with some caveats.

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Painful Process Underway of Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water

Long-growing concern over dangerous “forever” chemicals has drawn the attention of federal and state policymakers, local communities and the utilities that provide their drinking water. But little about regulating PFAS will be quick or easy, making it a major environmental and public health story for years to come. Issue Backgrounder unfolds the regulatory moves, the politics and the larger implications of PFAS policy.

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The Spread of Harmful Algal Blooms Makes News in Multitude of Locales

As algal blooms (think “red tides” or “dead zones”) grow larger and more frequent, they are emerging not just on the coasts and major estuaries, but in inland lakes and streams. And they cause all kinds of harm, to humans and to the environment. The latest TipSheet has details on how to cover the problem locally, including story ideas and reporting resources.

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Asthma Data — A Starting Point for Key Environment-Health Stories

Whether marginalized communities suffering from asthma or cities cloaked in smoke from far-away wildfires, journalists looking to connect public health and environmental concerns around air pollution will find much of the data they need via the Centers for Disease Control’s asthma surveillance data. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox outlines the source and smart ways to use it.

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August 31, 2023

US EPA Webinar: Food Sovereignty (Part 2) – Food Forests & Sustainable Healthy Foods

This EPA webinar will focus on how forests are an important source of healthy foods for tribal and Indigenous communities. Learn how tribes, tribal communities, indigenous communities, and any interested community can work with forest managers to access and support food forests.

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