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Covering climate change: What reporters get wrong and how to get it right


Before she was a journalist, Elizabeth Arnold spent several seasons fishing salmon commercially in her home state of Alaska. In 1985, she began reporting for Juneau’s NPR member station KTOO, covering local environmental and political stories. From 1991 to 2006, she served as a political correspondent out of NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she covered campaigns, Congress and the White House

Ethanol economics, emissions and the environment: A JR briefing


If you’ve ever pumped gas in the United States, you’ve seen the sticker: “This product may contain up to 10 percent ethanol by volume,” declares one at a Massachusetts Shell station. Since 2005, Washington has mandated that an increasing amount of ethanol be mixed into gasoline every year, encouraging refiners and retailers with cash incentives.

Arctic melt boosts northern trade routes, hurts Suez


The melting ice caps will not only impact our coastlines, but may radically alter international trade, a new study finds.

The issue: There is less ice in the Arctic Ocean than at any time in human memory, a consequence of climate change. Just about every scientific model expects the melting to continue or even to accelerate in the coming decades.