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Unsafe Levels Of E. Coli Found In Paris’ Seine River As Olympics Near

"Water in the Seine River had unsafe elevated levels of E. coli less than two months before swimming competitions are scheduled to take place in it during the Paris Olympics, according to test results published Friday."

Source: AP, 06/17/2024
June 21, 2024 to October 18, 2024

IJ4EU Confidential: Unveiling the Secrets of Complex Investigations

This new Investigative Journalism for Europe webinar series will delve into the backstories of collaborative journalistic projects in Europe and beyond. Taking place on the third Friday of every month, it begins June 21 with "When journalists become gold diggers: The making of The Gold Chain." 15:00 CEST (9:00 a.m. ET).

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Paris Is Aiming For The Most Sustainable Olympics Yet. Plan Not Perfect

"Of all the decisions Paris Olympics organizers made about where to hold each sport, sending surfing competitions to the other side of the world — in the Pacific waters of Tahiti — provoked the strongest reactions. Tahitians and others railed against the building of a new viewing tower on Teahupo’o reef because of fears it would hurt marine life."

Source: AP, 06/07/2024

Only 3 Company Prosecutions In England And Wales For Unfit Drinking Water

"The drinking water regulator for England and Wales has brought only three prosecutions against water companies for providing poor quality water since 2021, despite 362 instances in which water was flagged as being unfit for human consumption."

Source: Guardian, 06/06/2024

"Sanctioned Tankers Pose Rising Environmental Risk In Mediterranean"

"Unregulated tankers sidestepping Western sanctions are posing a bigger risk to the Mediterranean region and Greece is undertaking more protective measures to safeguard its coast, the country's shipping minister told Reuters on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2024
June 6, 2024

DEADLINE: Climate Change Media Partnership COP29 Reporting Fellowship

The CCMP Reporting Fellowship aims to bring up to 20 journalists from low- and middle income countries to report in-person at COP29 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov 11-22. Includes airfare, accommodation, meals, travel medical insurance and ground transportation costs. Apply by June 6.

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From Reporter to Author — How I Published My First Book

When freelancer Sophie Yeo first thought of writing a book, it seemed an impossible task. But with a successful website under her belt, she plunged in. Two missed deadlines and one baby later, she had her book, a history of the natural world titled “Nature’s Ghosts: The World We Lost and How To Bring It Back.” How she got there, and lessons learned, in the new Freelance Files.

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