Lisa Friedman: SEAL Award Winner 2020

A selection of this year’s best environmental journalism

SEAL Awards
Feb 17 · 2 min read

A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale

“Though more alluded to than stated outright, transitioning from fossil fuels will be necessary to meet Mr. Biden’s goals of eliminating emissions from the power sector by 2035 and reaching net-zero emissions across the economy by midcentury. That transition, scientists say, is required to avert the worst consequences of climate change.”
Source: The New York Times (Approx. 12 minutes)

E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Children’s Brains

“As a result, the assessment may be the first major test of the Trump administration’s intention, often referred to as its “secret science” proposal, to bar or give less weight to scientific studies that can’t or don’t publicly release their underlying data. This controversial policy would eliminate many studies that track the effects of exposure to substances on people’s health over long periods of time because the data often includes confidential medical records of the subjects, scientists have said.”
Source: The New York Times (Approx. 13 minutes)

The Environmental Justice Wake-Up Call

“Activists who have worked for decades on environmental justice said they were pleased to see the issue gaining attention in Washington. But they also said it’s important for policymakers to understand that addressing environmental vulnerability is not distinct from problems of police brutality, health disparities or other racial inequities.”
Source: The New York Times (Approx. 9 minutes)

Ten Years After Deepwater Horizon, U.S. Is Still Vulnerable to Catastrophic Spills

“Offshore drilling collapsed after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but a decade later it is back and going strong. Production has surpassed pre-accident levels by a few hundred thousand barrels a day, and oil companies brought seven new projects online in 2019. Nine more were expected this year, though the recent collapse of oil prices, largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic, is forcing companies to rethink their investments.”
Source: The New York Times (Approx. 11 minutes)

Trump’s Move Against Landmark Environmental Law Caps a Relentless Agenda

“Environmental groups said the revisions to the act would threaten species and lead to more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The proposal does not mention the words “climate change,” but courts have interpreted the requirement to consider “cumulative consequences” as a mandate to study the effects of allowing more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. It also has meant understanding the impacts of rising sea levels and other results of climate change on a given project.”
Source: The New York Times (Approx. 13 minutes)

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