Day: February 15, 2013

Climate change clues from ancient marine algae

Read the full story in Algae Industry Magazine.

A new study, involving researchers from the University of Southampton, has found that microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago.
 The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how quickly they grow.

3 ways businesses can target consumer food waste

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Note: This is the second of a two-part series on food waste. The first part is available here: 3 reasons businesses should target consumer food waste.

Americans love convenience, and throwing away unwanted food is very convenient. My recent article describes why businesses should encourage their customers to throw away less food. Next comes the question of how: How can businesses target consumer food waste? Let’s look at the options. Note that your business situation and customers are unique, so you will want to use a customized strategy.

Consumer-facing food waste reduction strategies fall into three categories:

  1. Helping customers buy less food.
  2. Helping customers use food they buy.
  3. Helping customers understand the impacts of food waste.

Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment now accepting entries

SEJ’s awards honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. Journalism broadcast or published in print or online is eligible. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2013. Photos published, or stories published or broadcast from March 1, 2012 – Feb. 28, 2013 are eligible. Books published in 2012 are eligible for the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award.

SEJ’s 2013 Awards will be presented on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at SEJ’s 23rd Annual Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Questions: Contact SEJ Awards Director Christine Bruggers at chrisbruggers@icloud.com or (502) 641-1844. See links to instructions and entry forms below.

Click here to see 2012 winning stories.

HOW TO ENTER

FAQs

2013 RULES

CLICK TO ENTER: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market: An investigative or explanatory feature or series on a single environmental topic, published between March 1, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. TV & Radio stories must not exceed 60 minutes; Print and Online series must not exceed five parts. Multimedia links may be included in the cover letter. Eligibility: Print media: circulation of 200,000 or more; TV & Radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 10 markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; Online: sites with 1 million or more monthly unique visitors. Cover letters must include a description of the reporting’s impact and must not exceed 1,000 words. Form accepts PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links.

CLICK TO ENTER: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market: An investigative or explanatory feature or series on a single environmental topic, published between March 1, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. TV & Radio stories must not exceed 60 minutes; Print and Online series must not exceed five parts. Multimedia links may be included in the cover letter. Eligibility: All outlets and publications falling outside the large-market definition. Cover letters must include a description of the reporting’s impact and must not exceed 1,000 words. Form accepts PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large Market: Up to five broadcast or published news reports and/or commentary on a broad range of environmental topics published between March 1, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. Broadcast entries must have a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes. Eligibility: Print media: circulation of 200,000 or more; TV & Radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 10 markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; Online: sites with 1 million or more monthly unique visitors. Cover letters must not exceed 1,000 words. Form accepts PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market: Up to five broadcast or published news reports and/or commentary on a broad range of environmental topics published between March 1, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. TV & Radio entries must have a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes. Eligibility: All TV, Radio, Print and Online publications falling outside the large-market definition. Cover letters must not exceed 1,000 words. Form accepts PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links.

CLICK TO ENTER: Rachel Carson Environment Book Award: A nonfiction book, published between January 1 and December 31, 2012, covering an environmental topic. Memoirs and picture books are not eligible. Cover letters must not exceed 1,000 words.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Feature Story: One environmental feature or commentary published between March 1, 2012,  and February 28, 2013. Multi-part stories, sidebars and other supplemental material are prohibited.  Eligibility: All TV, Radio, Print and Online entities. Cover letters must not exceed 1,000 words. Form accepts PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Photography: Up to five photographs on one or more environmental topics, published between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. Only photos published as photojournalism will be accepted. Entered photos must not be manipulated or digitally enhanced in a way that changes the content and/or context of the image. A caption that describes the event or situation captured in the photograph must be included for each photo entered. Photos must be submitted as JPEG files, maximum 2MB. Cover letters must not exceed 1,000 words.