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Tribes, conservationists urge Haaland to restore sacred National Monuments during Utah visit

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Utah this week as the Biden administration weighs restoring the boundaries of two national monuments in the state that were dramatically shrunk by former President Donald Trump. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams At issue are Bears Ears, established as a monument by former President Barack Obama, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, established by […]

April 11th

Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

As an ecologist studying wetland response to sea level rise, I know this flooding is evidence that climate change is altering landscapes along the Atlantic coast. It’s emblematic of environmental changes that also threaten wildlife, ecosystems, and local farms and forestry businesses. By Emily Ury, Duke University The Conversation Trekking out to my research sites […]

April 8th

2021 must be a turning point for forests. 2020 data shows us why

More than 12 million hectares of tree cover in the tropics was lost in 2020 alone, according to analysis of University of Maryland data by WRI. Most alarmingly, that included 4.2 million hectares of previously undisturbed primary tropical forests. By Frances Seymour World Resources Institute This loss represents a crisis for climate stability and biodiversity conservation, as well as […]

April 6th

Florida’s deregulated paradise faces massive radioactive spill

Florida workers over the weekend rushed to prevent the collapse of a reservoir wall containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from a defunct phosphate mine, a looming environmental catastrophe that prompted mandatory evacuation orders and a declaration of emergency by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams A leak in the […]

April 5th

A crisis for climate stability: Rainforest destruction accelerated in 2020

Intentional deforestation as well as drought-induced wildfires made more frequent and severe by the climate crisis drove a significant acceleration of global rainforest loss in 2020, with new figures released Wednesday showing that 12.2 million hectares of tree cover were destroyed in the tropics last year. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams According to data from the University of Maryland […]

April 4th

Minnesota group that fights against clean mining regulations touts clean mining regulations as reason to mine Minnesota (plus racism!)

This week, the Center for the American Experiment is launching a new ad campaign, complete with a 30-second TV spot and billboards, according to a post about “the harm done by environmentalists,” by CAE head and Power Line blogger John Hinderaker. By Climate Denier Roundup (The same John Hinderaker who once said he is “keeping a sharp […]

Biggest water barons of California contributing cash to Newsom’s war chest

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, billionaire agribusiness tycoons and major promoters of the Delta Tunnel and increased water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have donated a total of $366,800 to Governor Gavin Newsom since 2018, including $250,000 filed on March 22. By Dan Bacher Lynda Resnick, the Vice Chairman of the Wonderful Company, donated $125,000 to Stop the […]

March 25th

‘Safe Water Is a Right, Not a Privilege’: On World Water Day, UN decries unequal access

The United Nations marked this year’s World Water Day Monday by warning of worsening inequalities in access to clean water across the globe and calling for recognition of the “true value” of the vital resource in order to sustainably manage it. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Chronic under-investment in water and sanitation disadvantages and harms vast numbers of people,” […]

March 22nd