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  • "The Panhandle Paradox"

    Hal Herring investigates the land developments of the St. Joe Company in the Florida panhandle. On the surface, development plans seem to be environmentally sound, but upon closer inspection, the company's developments threaten to destroy major ecosystems harboring many "endangered species."
  • Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird From Extinction

    In 1982, only 22 California Condors remained. In the years since, it was pulled back from the brink of extinction by scientists, and now the species continues to expand and thrive. Author John Moir tells the story of the scientists involved in rescuing an entire species, recounting their methods and tough decisions while also examining larger issues regarding our environment.
  • License to Kill

    The Post-Intelligencer examined habitat conservation plans to find that they often lead to habitat destruction, placing endangered species at higher risks of extinction. The federal government authorizes these plans when they make deals with groups who promise to do some good for the endangered species in exchange for putting them at risk. Reporters for the Post-Intelligencer found this system is flawed.
  • Florida Follies

    Sarah Lesher produced three articles during her internship at The Miami Herald in which she exposed the disconnect between the local government and the environment. In the first two, she reports on an issue of arsenic in private wells and in the second she exposes the growing problem of panthers in populated areas.
  • Our Troubled Sound

    The Post-Intelligencer reports on pollution problems in Puget Sound, the nation's second largest estuary and "an ecosystem spinning out of control." The major findings are that scientists have documented decline in keystone species; a state program to control urban runoff is far behind schedule; three out of four businesses are in breach of water-quality regulations or permits; precautions to prevent a possible oil spill in an area where many tankers sail are inadequate; overall, Superfund sites in the area are not being cleaned up. Many of the findings are based on analysis of databases obtained from government agencies.
  • Oops!

    "Lawmakers are always trying to change the world, but no matter how earnest or well meaning, they often end up doing something entirely different from what they intended..." The article is about airline deregulation, trucking regulation, superfund law, public housing, tax reform, endangered species act
  • One Nation, under Ted

    Ted Turner and his son Beau control 1.8 million acres of primer U.S. ranchland, where they're unloading a fortune to revive endangered species, revolutionize grazing, and help wolves restake their claim on a wilder, toothier American range.
  • Dangerous Game

    ABC News investigates the Safari Club International, an elite big game hunting club with many famous and powerful members. Among them is Kenneth Behring, a billionaire who gave $100 million to the Smithsonian; Behring also has been involved in controversy surrounding his hunting of several endangered species. Despite his support for trophy hunting, the Smithsonian stands behind their largest donor.
  • Thirty Mile Fire

    Seattle Times investigates the death of four firefighters who "were trapped by wildfire in a pinched valley in north-central Washington State" on July 10, 2001. The series reveals that "despite obvious evidence of danger, front-line bosses misjudged the explosive conditions present that day ... [and] pushed firefighters to battle a blaze even though the fire threatened no homes or businesses." Numerous safety rules were ignored, and officials knew that firefighter fatalities follow a pattern, the Times reports. The main finding is that "a fire-fighting culture in which extinguishing fires - not safety - remains the top priority."
  • Blue Frontier - Saving America's Living Seas

    Helvarg's book explores "the impact of history, commerce and policy on marine life" from the World War II until today. The author looks at the latest controversies related to beach closures, oil spills and natural disasters in the sea, and finds that "sensible politics can still halt the onslaught of industrial destruction, despite today's wide-open development along our coasts and in our offshore waters." The book follows "the money trail to the water's edge," and sheds light on how various industries vying for profits have spurred some of the today's major oceanic issues.