Natural Resources

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Delta Tunnel’s science-denying premise: diverting more water out of Sacramento will ‘restore’ fish

Here is the transcription of my 3 minute comment on the Delta Tunnel Draft Environmental Impact Statement that I made in the virtual hearing held by the California Department of Water Resources. By Dan Bacher I’m an independent journalist that’s covered the fish, environmental justice and water issues for 40 years. Different versions of this […]

September 28th

Running out of water: Colorado River reservoirs could run dry in as few as three years

The Southwest, scientists tell us, is undergoing the worst drought in at least 1,200 years. That’s based on tree-ring analysis for the Upper Colorado River Basin that reaches back to 762 C.E. But one study published in June says it’s even worse than that. “The reconstruction reveals a second-century drought unmatched in severity by the current drought or by well-documented […]

September 24th

Invasive reptile and amphibian species are causing billions of dollars in damages globally

Economic growth and globalization have connected the world’s most distant places. Rapid trade and transport have boosted economic growth globally, but not without consequences: many species have been introduced to new regions, far from where they evolved. Ismael Soto Almena, University of South Bohemia and Emma J. Hudgins, Carleton University The Conversation Alien species are […]

September 18th

A dam built in the Amazon created thousands of ‘forest islands’ but they are too small to sustain most species

Built in the 1980s, the Balbina Dam is one of dozens of large dams across rivers in the Amazon Basin. Such dams might leave behind seemingly green patches of forest, but our new research has shown these disconnected patches of forest are no longer able to support thriving ecosystems. Ana Filipa Palmeirim, Universidade do Porto; […]

September 14th

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and 240 allies urge US insurance companies to protect the Arctic Refuge

Once again calling upon U.S. insurance companies to commit to protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development, the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) delivered a letter of support signed by 240 allied organizations from nearly every state in the U.S. By the Gwich’in Steering Committee The letter was delivered in-person on […]

September 11th

Bristol Bay Defense Fund celebrates 500k comments telling EPA to protect Bristol Bay, end the threat of Pebble Mine

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded its comment period on the Proposed Determination (PD) outlining potential protections for Bristol Bay. More than half a million people – including a record 30,000 Alaskans and 2,500 Bristol Bay residents – spoke out to once again resoundingly reject Pebble Mine. Over the last decade, and […]

September 9th

The racist roots of the Jackson MI water crisis

This week, many of us have been thinking about the people in Jackson, Mississippi. Heavy rains overwhelmed the aging water treatment plant. Now the city is without safe water. People cannot drink, wash, or brush their teeth with the sludge that comes out of the tap. By Shea Howell Common Dreams Jackson, like most places across this […]

September 7th

San Francisco Bay marine life devastated by deadly algae bloom

An unprecedented, massive harmful algal bloom (HAB) stretching throughout San Francisco Bay appears to be in decline, but the State Water Resources Control Board, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are warning that depleted oxygen levels could lead to “large-scale aquatic deaths” in the days ahead. By Dan […]

September 6th

Climate Chaos: Swaths of the Amazon rainforest have already passed a key tipping point

Indigenous leaders and scientists on Monday revealed research showing that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is so advanced that some swaths may have hit a key tipping point and never recover. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams While experts have long warned of human activity causing portions of the massive, biodiverse rainforest to shift to savannah, the new […]

September 6th

The survival of the endangered monarch butterfly depends on conservation beyond borders

The iconic North American monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus plexippus was recently listed in the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, signalling that its ongoing decline could lead to extinction. The compounding effects of habitat degradation, insufficient food and water and climate change have led to these dwindling numbers. By Columba González-Duarte, Mount Saint Vincent University […]

September 4th

It’s happening: FERC finalizing process to remove PacifiCorp’s lower four Klamath River dams

Washington, DC – In an action celebrated by Klamath Basin Tribes, conservationists and fishing groups, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today released a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) recommending the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams. By Dan Bacher Dam removal on the Klamath will open up over 240 stream-miles of salmon and steelhead habitat that has been […]

September 3rd