The Reporter's Environmental Handbook

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Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 340 pages
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"This work offers journalists a guide to the environmental beat, with a summary of the technical aspects of selected environmental topics. . . . The authors, almost all from government, academia, and consulting groups in New Jersey, have produced a valuable tool."-Choice "The Reporter's Environmental Handbook is an excellent quick reference book for reporters and editors under deadline pressure. It contains a short background chapter on every imaginable kind of risk situation. It is a very useful guide for journalists reporting on environmental issues."-Teya Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of CNN, U.S. "[An] indispensable book for any journalist, student, or informed lay person who needs to understand and communicate environmental risks."-Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health "A valuable tool for print and broadcast journalists reporting on the major environmental hazards of this new century. Every news organization ought to have this book in easy reach for their reporters and editors."-Jerome Aumente, distinguished professor emeritus and founding director, Journalism Resources Institute, Rutgers University When an environmental news story breaks, the first place to turn for background on the issue is The Reporter's Environmental Handbook, now available in an updated and expanded third edition. Here, journalists can find the fast facts they need to accurately cover complex and controversial environmental stories ranging from indoor and outdoor air quality to sprawl and bioterrorism. Bernadette M. West is an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH). M. Jane Lewis is an assistant professor at UMDNJ-SPH and a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. Michael R. Greenberg is a professor and associate dean of the faculty of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He recently served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that oversees the destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile. David B. Sachsman is the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Renee M. Rogers is an environmental consultant specializing in human health risk assessment.
 

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Contents

How to Use This Handbook
3
The Language of Risk
11
Tracking Down a Companys Environmental Record
27
Issues
37
Who Sets the Environmental Agenda?
48
Thoughts on the Future of Environmental Policy
60
Air Pollution Outdoor
76
Animal Waste Management
87
Childrens Health Lead
146
CrossBorder Environmental Issues U S Mexico
154
Dioxin
160
Environmental Justice and Hazardous Waste
178
Genetically Modified Crops
196
Groundwater Pollution
219
Occupational Health
238
Pesticides
257

Biodiversity
96
Brownfields
104
Cancer and Other Disease Cluster Claims
110
Chemical Emergencies
118
Chemical Weapons Disarmament
127
Childrens Health Asthma
138
Population Growth
272
Surface Water Quality
292
Acronyms and Abbreviations
309
About the Authors
327
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