Natural Resources

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A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test. National Oceanographic and […]

August 22nd

How much is YOUR life worth? Trump continues to degrade cost-benefit analysis of YOUR air and water

The Trump administration has been going after the cost-benefit analysis process for a while now, and a set of changes meant to devalue human lives for industry’s profit that were once on the backburner are getting some renewed (albeit last-minute) attention. A particular target for the lobbyists presently running our regulatory bodies has been co-benefits, the concurrent perks of reducing one type of pollution as […]

Trump Admin pushes forward with ‘Deeply Damaging’ plan for oil drilling in ANWR

Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized plans to auction off oil and gas leasing rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “The door is being flung wide open for oil and gas drilling to impose irreversible harm to one of America’s […]

August 17th

California tribe sues Feds in effort to block water contracts with Central Valley Big Ag

The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) has respectfully requested a federal court to block the United States Department of Interior from signing permanent water delivery contracts with agribusiness interests in California’s Central Valley. Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) dams and diverts water out of the Trinity River basin to contractors’ land 400 miles from the Hupa […]

August 13th

Court tosses out Trump Interior’s gutting of century-old protections for migratory birds

Conservation advocates and critics of the Trump administration’s subservience to corporate polluters celebrated a federal court’s Tuesday decision throwing out a December 2017 Interior Department opinion that effectively gutted nationwide protections for migratory birds by letting industry off the hook for “incidental” killings. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Like the clear crisp notes of the […]

August 13th

California’s Department of Water Resources files contract validation before Delta Tunnel plan or environmental review

On August 6, the California Department of Water Resources under Governor Gavin Newsom filed a validation complaint in Sacramento County Superior Court to be positioned to sell bonds for the design, planning, and construction of the controversial Delta Conveyance Project (Delta Tunnel) under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. This was done even though no project plan or […]

August 13th

Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for […]

August 10th