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Podcaster, journalist collaborate on Indigenous-centered climate change project

Kashona Notah

While doing preliminary research for the project, Kunze came across Elizabeth Arnold's work, which examines the language mainstream media has used to talk about the Arctic over a five-year period.Arnold found that most stories about climate change in the Arctic weren’t about Indigenous people at all, and if they were, people were often portrayed as disappearing or victims.  Kunze calls that kind of reporting frequent and damaging.

How Democrats voted to give part of a wildlife refuge to the military

Zoya Teirstein

In a voice vote earlier this month, Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee approved a Republican-introduced amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would hand control of more than 850,000 acres of national wildlife refuge in Nevada over to the U.S. Air Force. Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director for the Center for Biological Diversity, called the vote by the Democratic majority on the committee “a stunning betrayal.”

It’s official: Reusables are safe during COVID-19

Joseph Winters

Grist / Pawel_B / Javier Zayas Photography / Getty Images

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, fossil fuel and plastic industry groups have said that reusable grocery bags and food containers spread the coronavirus. To stay healthy, they’ve encouraged consumers to double down on supposedly safer single-use plastic — things like disposable cups, cutlery, and shopping bags. But health experts don’t think that a pivot to single-use plastic is necessary. In a statement released on Monday, more than 125 virologists, epidemiologists, and health experts from 18 different countries said it’s clear that reusables are safe to use during the pandemic. You just have to wash them.


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