Ms. and matanzas

I recently wrote an essay for Ms. blog about the challenges (and rewards, too) of being a working-mom-journalist. Writing it brought back a lot of memories and reminded me of how many stories I’ve reported while bringing my daughter along for the ride. Just a couple of my favorites: Writing about Taos County’s Mobile Matanza…

EIB nominees and consolidation legislation

I’m sure that the legislative reporters will be all over this, but I just wanted to point out some interesting legislation: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/bills/house/HB0084.pdf If passed, it would consolidate the New Mexico Environment Department, the Department of Game and Fish and the Natural Resources trustee under the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The governor’s…

New Mexico Supreme Court rules against governor

Despite the fact that President Obama didn’t even bother to mention climate change in his State of the Union address last night, here in New Mexico the issue is receiving a lot of attention. Of course, that’s in large part because the state’s new governor, Susana Martinez, has nominated a climate change denier, Harrison Schmitt,…

Climate Change & Love

I wrote the following commentary for Blue Ridge Press, a national syndication service. (NJToday was one of the places it ran.) With Feds Failing, Climate Change Action Goes Local In December, the nations of the world agreed once again to do nothing about climate change. And just as the science of climate change is more…

Politics trumps science again. This time in New Mexico

Last month, in a story about climate change for the Santa Fe Reporter, I posed the question: Will politics trump science when it comes to New Mexico, too? Yesterday, it became clear that answer is “yes.” To back up a bit, I wrote that SFR story while in Cancun for the United Nations climate talks,…

More on blogging from COP 16

I’ll continue to blog on a more personal level on this site, but you can also read my newsier reports from COP 16 over at the NMI site: http://newmexicoindependent.com/author/laura-paskus

Riding the bus

On my bus ride to the COP 16 press conferences this morning, I sat next to a delegate from Senegal. We exchanged the usual pleasantries—Who are you with? Where are you from? How are things going for you in Cancun?—and then got down to the business of talking about COP 16. “Will President Obama come,…

Blogging this week at NMI

Just FYI, I’m going to be blogging this week from COP 16 at the New Mexico Independent website. I’ll post thoughts here too, but you might cast an eye over there. Here’s a link to today’s post.

COP 16 coverage

I have a story in yesterday’s American Independent; it’s sort of a primer on the climate talks: http://www.americanindependent.com/160072/the-politics-of-climate-in-cancun I’ll be posting more news stories and blog posts, but if you really want to keep up  with COP 16, you should visit the Earth Journalism Network website. There, my fellow fellows will be posting links to…

Justice for Bhopal victims demonstration at COP16

I spent all day Friday in press conferences; and despite all the grim and frustrating news, was pretty excited to actually make it back to my hotel before dark. I harbored the irrational fantasy that I just might take a short walk on the beach before the sun set. I exited the shuttle bus from…