Natural Resources

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Even during the coronavirus pandemic, we can’t forget about wildlife on the brink of extinction

Of the 112,432 species assessed for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, 30,178 are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. The current animal endangerment and extinction crisis is mostly of our own making — we are responsible for years of animal habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, population growth, and other human activity […]

Years Project: The link between the coronavirus and particulate air pollution (Video)

There’s a link between #coronavirus and fossil fuel-related deaths. It’s revealing just how deadly the air we breathe has always been, even before the pandemic hit. By Maggie Badore The Years Project Coronavirus and Fossil Fuels: Airborne Killers There’s a link between #coronavirus and fossil fuel-related deaths. It’s revealing just how deadly the air we breathe […]

May 7th

War on Science: WSJ attacks coronavirus pollution link health study for failing to use time travel (really!)

On Monday morning, the Guardian ran a great interview with climate journalist Emily Atkin. It opens with Atkin rather unapologetically declaring, “I’m sorry, but if you still refuse to see parallels between climate change and coronavirus then honestly you’re just stupid.” Always eager to prove its critics right, by Monday evening the Wall Street Journal published an […]

It’s “Giving Tuesday!” … Could you help keep RedGREENandBlue going by making a small donation?

If you’d like to make a donation to a worthy cause on this Giving Tuesday… For the past ten years, I’ve been editing and publishing RedGREENandBlue.org, a website that brings together progressive and conservative voices in favor of climate change action. Unfortunately, with the current coronavirus economic meltdown, we’ve lost our primary funding source. So we’ve […]

May 5th

We went to court to defend clean water. And we won.

These are extraordinarily challenging times. Many of us are grieving losses large and small, and are filled with anxiety about the future. But the Sierra Club continues to work for a future that includes everything we need to flourish — a stable climate, clean air and water, clean energy, and thriving wildlife and public lands […]

May 2nd

Groups sue California over failure to analyze water project’s impact on salmon, other fish

It’s seems that nobody is happy with the California Department of Resources (DWR) over its water policies this week. Just after the state and federal water contractors sued DWR and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over their incidental take permit for endangered species, four environmental groups on Wednesday, April 29, sued DWR in the San Francisco Superior […]

May 1st

California State Water Contractors want to be able kill more fish, sell more water to big agribusiness

The California water wars amped up today when the State Water Contractors (SWC) today filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) over the March 31 Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the long-term operation of the State Water Project (SWP). By Dan Bacher The Incidental Take Permit allows the […]

April 30th

Dr. James Hansen: The monarch butterflies return

Last summer the population of monarch butterflies in the Northeast United States seemed to be greater than it had been in the past decade. This was consistent with the fact that the number of butterflies making it to Mexico for the 2018-19 winter was the highest since 2006-07 (see graph). Unfortunately, only half as many […]

April 29th

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute the rivers of Australia and wipe out native fish

The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It may even push one fish species to extinction. Schopier/Wikimedia By John Harris, UNSW and Mark Lintermans, University of Canberra The Conversation […]

April 27th