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EJN journalists discuss climate coverage challenges at San Francisco event

Award-winning journalists behind some of the most important environmental stories around the world discussed the challenges of localizing climate coverage during a recent Earth Journalism Network panel in San Francisco. The event on October 26th, entitled “Media, Climate, and Environment: Journalists from the Front Lines,” showcased their collective efforts to bring trusted information to vulnerable citizens and communities as reporters gathered for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists.
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Earth Journalism Network, San Francisco

Asian journalists train to cover the illegal wildlife trade

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) joined with USAID Wildlife Asia and other USAID-affiliated projects combatting the illegal wildlife trade to carry out a workshop for 17 Asian journalists in September. The workshop was timed to coincide with the 4th Regional Dialogue on Combating Trafficking of Wild Fauna and Fauna, held in Bangkok.
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Earth Journalism Network, Bangkok, Thailand

EJN delegation reports from Fiji-led climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany

A delegation of journalists from outlets across Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands gathered in Bonn for the United Nations climate conference as part of the Climate Change Media Partnership’s annual Fellowship program. This year’s partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Foundation, with support from the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance, brought 14 reporters from TV, radio and print outlets to the event where they interviewed prominent policy makers, attended high-level press conferences and produced dozens of stories that reached diverse audiences around the world.
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Earth Journalism Network, Bonn, Germany

EJN launches multi-year project to support environmental journalists in Asia and the Pacific

Building on more than 13 years of experience supporting environmental journalism in Asia, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), is launching a new project focused on boosting the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in Asia and the Pacific region.
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Earth Journalism Network, Washington, DC

  • Program Updates
  • South Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • EJN Grants

CCMP Fellowship to bring 14 journalists to critical UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany

In a time of great uncertainty over the future of global climate action, the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), will bring 14 journalists from around the world to report directly from the upcoming climate talks. This year’s Fellowship group represents some of the most vulnerable countries to climate-related impacts, including six indigenous journalists – three of whom come from the Pacific Islands -- who will add unique voices to global coverage as Fiji prepares to lead the talks.
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Earth Journalism Network, Bonn, Germany

  • Fellowships
  • COP23
  • Climate Negotiations
  • Climate change

EJN biodiversity grantee wins top science journalism award in Mexico

Journalist Iván Carrillo Pérez has won the prestigious CONACYT Award for Science, Technology and Innovation Journalism for his piece Axolotl: A God in Danger of Extinction for National Geographic Magazine Latin America. The award, presented each year by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico, recognizes influential science and technology stories produced in the country across four categories: print magazines, radio, television and newspapers.
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Earth Journalism Network, Mexico City

  • Awards
  • Mexico

Journalists from the Americas report on Costa Rica’s transition to a low carbon economy

Journalists from Latin America and the United States joined a climate journalism workshop last month in Costa Rica, where they learned about the country’s efforts to transition to a low carbon economy.
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Earth Journalism Network, Costa Rica

  • Climate change
  • Training
  • Costa Rica
  • Renewable energy

EJN Fellows cover International Congress for Conservation Biology in Colombia

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) organized a Fellowship program that took ten journalists from around the world to report on conference.
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Earth Journalism Network, Cartagena, Colombia

EJN-supported workshop explores innovative solutions to coastal erosion in Suriname

A three-day Earth Journalism Network (EJN) training attended by journalists from some of Suriname’s most important media outlets highlighted critical coverage gaps on issues of climate change and coastal management by local press.
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Earth Journalism Network, Paramaribo, Suriname

  • Suriname
  • Training
  • South America

Journalists explore Central Asia’s water system with satellite and sensor data

To help improve understanding of transboundary water issues and build practical skills to integrate data visualization into storytelling, EJN led ten journalists from four Central Asian countries in a two day workshop in Kyrgyzstan. “The irrigation network is the canvas on which life will embroider its stories; and in the process of creation, it is essential to see very clearly all aspects of future life.” This outlook informed its author, GK Rizenkamph, an Armenian engineer and scientist whose work in the first half of the 20th century laid the foundation for the large-scale water engineering projects that intertwine Central Asia’s ecologies and economies to this day.
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Earth Journalism Network, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Crossing knowledge frontiers – Second Indus Basin Regional Media Dialogue

The Third Pole and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) organized a series of workshops to inform media about the key science issues in the Indus Basin. The Third Pole is an initiative aimed at boosting coverage of climate and water issues in the Himalayan region and in downstream countries. It was formed through a partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and ChinaDialogue.
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Earth Journalism Network, Colombo, Sri Lanka

EJN workshop puts data journalism in the Congo Basin on the map

EJN and its regional GeoJournalism project InfoCongo held a data journalism workshop in the Democratic Republic of Congo to equip journalists with new tools to better report on local mining and environmental issues. Fifteen journalists working in print, broadcast, and online media primarily from the DRC’s Haut Katanga Province attended the three-day session in the mining city of Lubumbashi. Held from May 22-24, reporters learned how to produce more compelling stories by integrating data and maps into their reports.
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Earth Journalism Network, Lubumbashi, DRC

Vietnam’s social media shaping new environmentalism

“I am frequently on several environmental online forums and campaigns led by Vietnamese, who have addressed Hanoi’s logging of 6,700 trees, the Thai Binh deforestation for economic development, and the construction in Cat Ba,” says Tran Thi Thuy Binh, a member of the Vietnam Forum for Environmental Journalists in Hanoi. Binh, along with 40 million other net-savvy young Vietnamese, appears to be part of a rising tide of environmental nationalism sweeping the nation. What’s most surprising is that Facebook, once banned in Vietnam, has now proven to be an attractive platform for organizing environment rallies. With a population of 93 million and an increasing Internet user base, social media has proven to be the first choice among the educated Vietnamese youth.
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Geopolitical Monitor, Can Tho, Vietnam

  • The Mekong Eye
  • Vietnam
  • Social media

New West Africa fisheries journalism project aims to turn tide

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is pleased to announce the launch of a fisheries journalism capacity-building project in West Africa. With the goal of improving journalists’ ability to expertly tackle the often overlapping issues of overfishing, food security and ocean governance, EJN's fisheries project also aims to further explore the economic and social consequences of overfishing on coastal communities in West Africa, through stories and investigations.
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Internews, West Africa

  • Illegal Fishing
  • Environmental Crime
  • Overfishing
  • West Africa

EJN hosts Vanuatu’s first ever climate change journalism training workshop

This March, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) hosted Vanuatu’s first ever climate change journalism training workshop in partnership with the Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu (MAV) and the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change. Fourteen ni-Vanuatu journalists representing print and radio, along with three journalism students and several NGO communicators, participated in the three-day Pacific GeoJournalism Training on Climate Change, which focused on strengthening climate change journalism to build information access and community resilience to climate change.
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Earth Journalism Network, Vanuatu

  • Climate change
  • Small Island States
  • Vanuatu

Informing environmental policy in Nepal

Following the publication of a series of influential reports on the status of the Koshi Basin, GeoJournalism project manager and TheThirdPole.net editor Ramesh Bhushal has been named as an expert member of Nepal’s Environment Protection Council headed by the country’s Prime Minister. The Council, formalized as part of Nepal’s Environmental Protection Act of 1997, is called at least once per year by the Prime Minister to discuss pertinent environmental issues and provide policy guidance to the government as per the need. The Council is comprised primarily of Ministers representing various government agencies and seven persons who’ve made a significant contribution in the field of environment in Nepal.
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Internews, Washington, DC

  • Water
  • Impacts
  • The Third Pole
  • Nepal

Environmental journalists net stories in the Mekong

Journalists are working together to raise awareness about dangers to the Mekong River’s ecosystem and the impact on livelihoods and health.
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USAID, Mekong Delta Region, Vietnam

  • The Mekong Eye

ClimaTracker: Can you afford to eat?

What does climate change mean for the average household? EJN Partner Oxpeckers' new ClimaTracker Food Basket Calculator shows the costs in real terms.
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Earth Journalism Network, South Africa

  • Climate change
  • Program Updates
  • Oxpeckers
  • Food Prices

Ten reporters receive fellowships to cover UN biodiversity negotiations in Mexico

Ten journalists from around the world reported on the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the UN Convention of Biological Diversity through the Internews Earth Journalism Network’s (EJN) latest Fellowship program. Reporting for a variety of outlets — from financial newspapers to indigenous people’s outlets — the Fellows covered the intergovernmental negotiations and interviewed leading experts on issues such as biopiracy, synthetic biology and protected areas. Some of the stories by the Fellows can be found on the EJN website.
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Earth Journalism Network, Cancun, Mexico

  • Fellowships
  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • Biodiversity
  • CBD

Local journalists play key role in covering climate change talks

Fifteen journalists from around the world reported from the United Nations climate negotiations (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco as part of the Earth Journalism Network’s long-standing Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) program. During the one-week fellowship, these journalists produced over 90 stories – many of which can be viewed on EJN’s website – and had the opportunity to attend high-level press conferences and interview leading diplomats, scientists and climate leaders. Dubbed the “COP of Action,” following last year’s decisive progress in Paris, a major focus of the 2016 talks was to develop procedures and guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. With the threshold for entry into force (55 Parties to the Convention accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions) reached in October 2016—far earlier than expected—this conference marked the first time that the Agreement’s governing body (known as the CMA) would meet to discuss key decisions needed to drive implementation in the years to come.
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Earth Journalism Network, Marrakech, Morocco

  • UNFCCC
  • Climate change
  • COP22
  • Biofuels
  • Climate Change Media Partnership

Fiji workshop supports human interest story angles for climate change reporting

A few hours drive from Fiji’s capital of Suva, Daku is a low-lying coastal village that is experiencing the impact of sea level rise. In an interview broadcast nationally by FijiTV One, community leaders from Daku explained how climate change is impacting their lives. “People ask us if we will raise our homes,” said a community leader during his interview. “We say no. We will build a road dike and flood gates to stop the sea from coming in and to let the rainwater out.” Seventeen journalists from a diversity of Fijian media outlets visited Daku as part of a three-day media workshop on climate change reporting held by Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the Fiji Media Association in October 2017. The training is part of Internews' ongoing Pacific GeoJournalism project supported by USAID's Pacific-American Climate Fund.
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Earth Journalism Network, Suva, Fiji

  • Climate change
  • Training
  • Biodiversity
  • Pacific Islands

International journalists to cover UN biodiversity negotiations

What are governments doing to meet their commitments to preserve biodiversity? Are communities getting a fair deal from companies that profit from their local natural resources? How can we balance conservation needs with economic development? And what does climate change mean for life on Earth? These are among the questions journalists will be asking next week in Mexico, when they travel to the UN biodiversity negotiations under the EJN Biodiversity Media Initiative’s latest fellowship program.
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Earth Journalism Network, Cancun, Mexico

  • Fellowships
  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • Biodiversity

Journalists from developing countries to cover the “COP of Action” in Morocco

Fifteen local journalists will have the opportunity to report about climate change action to their communities from COP22 in Marrakesh in November. Last year in Paris, 195 countries came together to adopt The Paris Agreement, the first universal climate agreement meant to tackle climate change. Targets set by the Agreement include limiting the rise in global temperature to an average of no more than 2 degrees Celsius, and reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050, and 100% by 2100. In light of these ambitious goals, this year’s conference in Marrakesh, Morocco (COP22) is being referred to as the “COP of action.” The world will be watching as negotiations focus on details for implementation as well as national commitments that will make achieving the Paris targets possible.
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Earth Journalism Network, Marrakech, Morocco

  • CCMP
  • EJN Grants
  • Fellowships

EJN partner Oxpeckers wins CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award

Oxpeckers, an EJN partner network that focuses on wildlife trafficking, won the Environment Award at the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards in October 2016. Oxpeckers editor Fiona Macleod and Namibian associate John Grobler won the award for a 10-month-long investigation that uncovered political and commercial agendas driving the world’s largest black rhino population towards extinction. The judging panel singled out the article “Caught in the crossfire: how cattle and Chinese mining interests are killing off Nambia’s black rhinos” as the winning entry from a body of work into Namibian poaching links.
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Earth Journalism Network, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Wildlife
  • Awards
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Black Rhino
  • Trafficking
  • Poaching

Claves 21 brings environmental journalism training to Latin America

Claves21, a network of Latin American reporters, hosted its first online climate change course for journalists and journalism students and is currently in the process of hosting its second one. Through these courses, the network has reached more than 1,500 people from more than 30 countries in the region. Carried out with the support of the Earth Journalism Network, each eight-week course included issues relating to the science of climate change as well as digital tools to produce engaging stories. All of these lessons had the objective of providing information and useful tools for those interested in learning more about communicating climate change.
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, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Program Updates
  • Journalism skills
  • Climate change

Timely Reporting Matters: Surfacing Impacts of Data Journalism in the Himalayas

Residents and researchers are not the only people who suffer due to lack of data sharing. Journalists suffer, too. The Third Pole's Koshi basin series provided a lot of data that helped other reporters to understand issues in detail. Abdullah Miya, senior reporter at Kantipur daily – Nepal’s largest selling vernacular newspaper – sought story editor Ramesh Bhushal's help as he struggled to report on the flooding. He cited EJN's work and wanted to get more information. Bhushal gave him the contacts of experts he had spoken to, explained the nature of the river in the Tibet stretch, and forwarded a recent scientific paper on Glacial Lakes Outburst Flood in Tibet. “It was extremely helpful as it is very tough to get information on Tibet side and reporting this kind of news involves trans-boundary information,” Miya said later.
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Earth Journalism Network, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Water
  • Impacts

Mentoring environmental journalists on the Caribbean's front lines

The Earth Journalism Network's Climate Change Mentorship Program in Colombia aims to help journalism students reach wider audiences and successfully tie local issues to a wider global conversation about the changing climate. Nicknamed Yuca Pelá, after the popular Caribbean plant that adapts to scarce rainfall by solely surviving with its roots, the program's first crop of students have successfully produced stories in outlets around Latin America.
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Earth Journalism Network, Cartagena, Colombia

  • Climate Mentors
  • Climate change
  • Earth Journalism Network
  • Colombia

Grants awarded to focus on covering climate change adaptation

Despite bearing the least responsibility for the conditions accelerating climate change, vulnerable and under-represented populations—in particular women, youth, and indigenous communities—often face a serious information gap when it comes to solutions-based information on how to adapt to climate change’s impacts. Their voices and concerns are rarely heard, in either local or international media. In the second year of the Human Dimensions of Climate Change project, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is funding locally led initiatives which will help meet the growing demand for actionable knowledge on climate change adaptation.
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Earth Journalism Network, Global

  • EJN Grants
  • Climate change

Announcing the winners of our 2016 biodiversity fellowships to the IUCN World Conservation Congress

We are pleased to announce the winners of our fellowships to the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, which we are making available through our Biodiversity Media Initiative in partnership with the Arcadia Fund and the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance. The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest conservation conference. It gathers leaders from governments, civil society and the private sector. Our fellowship programme will focus on ‘the Forum’, which IUCN describes as ‘the largest knowledge marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and innovation with over 600 sessions addressing a wide range of issues’.
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Earth Journalism Network,

  • IUCN
  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • Biodiversity

Announcing our 2016 biodiversity story grant winners

Internews' Earth Journalism Network is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 biodiversity story grants, which is being made available through EJN's Biodiversity Media Initiative in partnership with the Arcadia Fund. A international team of judges selected the proposals of six journalists from a highly competitive pool of 136 applicants.
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Earth Journalism Network, Global

  • grants
  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • Biodiversity

South African journalists receive training on invasive species thanks to Internews' Earth Journalism Network grant

Efforts by the South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) to upskill members and non-members alike about reporting on environment matters got off to a flying start. SASJA's first “Biodiversity Workshop for Journalists” was held on 18 May in Goudini, at the foothills of the fynbos-rich Dutoitskloof Mountains near Cape Town. It was made possible through a Biodiversity Media Grant that SASJA received from Internews' Earth Journalism Network earlier in the year. The grant also allows for other workshops to be hosted elsewhere in the country later in the year.
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South African Science Journalists’ Association , South Africa

  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • Biodiversity
  • Training
  • South Africa

Environmental journalists attend trainings on energy and climate change during African Development Bank's Annual Meetings

Eleven journalists from nine countries of Africa participated in a five-day training program in Lusaka, Zambia, promoted by Internews' Earth Journalism Network in partnership with the African Development Bank. The training sessions, held from May 22-25, deepened understanding of the issues Africa faces in providing universal access to electricity and combating the effects of climate change. The program also received support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Climate Investment Fund (CIF).
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Earth Journalism Network, Lusaka, Zambia

  • Earth Journalism Network
  • Fellowships
  • Adaptation
  • Climate change

Bridging gaps critical to increasing the appeal of data journalism in Central Africa

Journalists from six Central African countries gathered in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé in late April to learn how to incorporate data journalism into their reporting on the environment. Together with colleagues from the University of Maryland and the World Resources Institute (WRI), Internews’ Earth Journalism Network had a central mission: to introduce the broad topic of data journalism and specifically “GeoJournalism” to reporters covering the world’s second largest rainforest – the Congo Basin.
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Earth Journalism Network, Yaoundé, Cameroon

  • InfoCongo
  • EJN
  • Congo Basin
  • Training
  • Data journalism
  • GeoJournalism

Figueres: "More emissions mean more poverty"

“We can move to a world of more emissions and more poverty or to a one of less emissions and less poverty,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, during a webinar discussing the Paris climate agreement and opportunities for Latin America. The activity was organized by LatinClima, Earth Journalism Network and the Regional Climate Change and Decisions Making Center. According to Figueres, critical decisions must be made in the next five to ten years to separate economic growth from the release of greenhouse gases in order to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change.
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Earth Journalism Network, San José, Costa Rica

  • UNFCCC
  • INDCs
  • Paris
  • Climate change
  • COP21
  • Climate talks
  • Christiana Figueres

Samoan workshop boosts climate change reporting in the Pacific Islands

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) recently held a workshop in Apia, Samoa designed to equip local journalists with the skills and knowledge to improve their coverage of climate change and natural resource management. The two-day workshop was attended by a dozen practicing and student journalists from TV, print and online media outlets as well as the National University of Samoa. Participants were trained on topics including the science of climate change, best practices for climate journalism, and how to link climate change issues to the day-to-day life of local communities.
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Internews, Apia, Samoa

  • Climate change
  • Oceans
  • Pacific Islands
  • Coral Reefs

Biodiversity Media Initiative to expand coverage of critical environmental issues

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network aims to address gaps in biodiversity media capacity with a new project, the Biodiversity Media Initiative, funded by the Arcadia Fund, that will offer journalists three opportunities each year for the next three years.
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Internews, Washington DC

  • Fellowships
  • Biodiversity Media Initiative
  • grants
  • Biodiversity
  • Opportunities for journalists

Despite challenges, EJN’s mentoring program in Nigeria sees measurable success

The Earth Journalism Network's Climate Journalism Mentors Program commenced in June 2015 with the aim of increasing the capacity of journalists in the country to report on the challenges of covering climate change. The program not only provided a comprehensive overview into the science behind climate change-related issues, it also linked the mentees to scientists and numerous experts in the field. The journalists who participated in the program include: Innocent Onoh (from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria), Augustina Ogbonna-Armstrong (a freelance multi-media journalist) and Kayode Aboyeji (from the Daily Newswatch Newspaper).
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Earth Journalism Network, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Climate Mentors
  • Climate change
  • Nigeria
  • Training
  • Climate Vulnerablility

Training Nepal's next generation of environmental journalists

I’m not the only one who is concerned that fewer and fewer young, talented journalists are joining the ranks of environmental reporters in Nepal. A couple of weeks ago, the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Nepal office held an event on environmental issues and media, but the room was full of familiar faces. “Everybody knew each other, so there was no need for formal introductions,” I recall hearing from one of the participants.
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Earth Journalism Network, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Climate change
  • Nepal
  • Journalism skills
  • Climate Mentors
  • Earth Journalism Network
  • Mentorship

Learning by doing: DustDuino in Sao Paulo

The MakeSense project began in early 2014 with a proposal to the Feedback Labs experiment fund, seeking to test the following hypothesis: Citizen-led sensor monitoring of environmental factors will strengthen feedback loops by providing structured, accurate, and reliable data to compare against government measurements and news stories in the Amazon basin.
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Ground Truth Initiative, Washington, DC

  • DustDuino
  • Sensor Journalism
  • Report

Mekong Eye Explores environmental challenges in Southeast Asia

New GeoJournalism site The Mekong Eye tells the story of how development is interacting with the environment along the threatened Mekong River and around the broader region that includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Southern China. Hydropower dams, mines, industry, power plants, transport corridors and other mega-projects are bringing much needed prosperity to many in the region. But they also strain an already distressed environment. And they are changing lives in thousands of communities.
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Earth Journalism Network, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Southeast Asia
  • The Mekong Eye
  • Economic Development
  • Climate change