When winter no longer comes, what will the North look like?

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Less snow and cold could negatively impact maple sugaring, skiing, and other traditions.

Call for Entries: SEJ’s Awards for Reporting on the Environment

The Society of Environmental Journalists invites you to enter the Awards for Reporting on the Environment, which recognize the best environmental reporting of the last year. Enter your best stories on environment, energy, business, agriculture, or other related issues published from March 1, 2019 to Feb. 29, 2020 (books must be published in calendar year 2019).

The best overall entry will receive the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting: $10,000 cash prize, plus expenses to attend SEJ’s 30th Annual Conference in Boise, ID, September 23-27, 2020, courtesy of the The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. A total of $7500 in cash prizes are also offered in the categories listed below.

What’s New

  • Deadline to enter is April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME (formerly local time)
  • If you miss the deadline, you have until April 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST — but it will cost an extra $100 above the regular fee to enter after April 1.
  • Entry fee must be paid before you can access the entry form.
  • Journalists residing in low- to mid-income countries, as designated by the World Bank, can enter for $10US (embedded journalists from other countries excluded).
  • Market size has been changed to newsroom size to allow for a more fair assessment of newsroom resources.
  • Feature Story and Explanatory Reporting categories are now split into large and small newsroom.
  • No more limits on file sizes (you’ll still have to combine some PDFs).

Entry Fees

  • SEJ Members: $45
  • Nonmember Journalists: $110
  • SEJ Student Members: $15
  • Nonmember Students: $25
  • Low- to Mid-income Countries (See World Bank designations): $10

More information

Climate change in the Arctic has ripple effects for all life on Earth

Read the full story at Massive Science.

The poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, causing extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere

Climate change is rotting away Greenland’s cultural heritage

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Archaeologists are moving as fast as they can, but the past is slipping away.


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The numbers suggest the green investing ‘mega trend’ is here to stay

Read the full story at CNBC.

A green revolution has been promised before, but if the latest data across all asset classes is to be believed, this time it is here to stay.

Whether it’s in equities, government bonds, ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or hedge funds, investors around the world are demanding socially and environmentally conscious options.

In a letter to CEOs last month, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said climate change has become a “defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects” with a significant reallocation of capital on the horizon a lot sooner than expected. And the numbers appear to back him up.

The Geology Project: Bilingual Geoscience Communication by Bilingual Geoscientists

Read the full post at the Plainspoken Scientist.

During the AGU Fall Meeting 2019, I presented a talk on The Geology Project (TGP). TGP is a social media-based geoscience communication enterprise with special focus on providing content in both Spanish and English. Based in Puerto Rico, TGP is run by five young Puerto Rican geoscientists, with one mission: communicating science to the world! We are primarily Facebook-based, and our original written and audiovisual content is specifically geared towards the Spanish-speaking, and Puerto Rican public. We have social media followers in every Latin American country, and numerous other countries as well!

(More) Citizen Science Resources

Read the full post at Inside Science Resources.

This upcoming April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and is the perfect time to consider citizen science. This year’s Earth Day theme is climate action. There are many ways to get involved in the fight against climate change, including participation in citizen science. In honor of this auspicious anniversary, here are some useful citizen science resources.

Toxic Algae Is Ruining Our Lakes. The Solution: Beer.

Read the full story in Outside Magazine.

A researcher thinks we may be able to recycle beer waste into a powerful algae-fighting tool

What Happens To Your Mail-Order Mattress After You Return It

Read the full story from FiveThirtyEight.

Earlier this year, I noticed something curious: four Craigslist ads, selling the same brand of mattress, using nearly the same text, at the same location, but illustrated with different photographs. Let’s just say it doesn’t take a crack journalistic mind to suspect something odd was happening.

So this journalistic mind responded to all the ads. What I found was a story that went beyond mattresses in Minneapolis. More Americans are buying more stuff online, a trend driven partly by free and easy return policies. But as retailers sell more, they also end up with more items being sent back — creating a long, winding logistical trail that can very easily end up at the city dump.

The problem only gets more complicated when the thing being sold is a large, awkward block of heavy foam. Many, many online bed-in-a-box retailers have sprung up in recent years.1 The first of these companies popped up around 2010. Today, there are dozens of them, and as mattress-in-a-box companies proliferate like so many bedbugs, they’re finding themselves with a waste problem.