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Jan
18

Trump Administration Deserts Science Advisory Boards Across Agencies

While top-level science positions remain vacant, scientific advisory panels have been quietly diminished, disbanded or stacked with industry scientists.

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Jan
18

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HELPED A COUNTY PROSECUTOR TARGET THE FACEBOOK RECORDS OF ANTI-PIPELINE ACTIVISTS

Nine months after pipeline opponents in Washington state staged a protest that blocked freeway traffic, Facebook ended a protracted legal standoff with a county prosecutor, turning over detailed records on the indigenous-led group behind the demonstration.

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Jan
17

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.

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Jan
15

In Montana, Houses are Replacing Farmland

Irrigation canals wend through the rural neighborhoods where, since the 1890s, food production has been the dominant pursuit. Today, the area consists mostly of single-family homes on half- to one-acre plots surrounded by parks, riparian corridors, wooded floodplains and small tracts of farmland.

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Jan
12

Navajo Prep group earns $10K scholarship for mine spill study

Navajo Prepatory School students have earned $10,000 in scholarships and awards for their research on the lingering chemical effects of the Gold King Mine spill on the Animas River in the 2017 Lexus Eco Challenge.

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Jan
9

Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality – Pipelines Leak

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked at least five times in 2017. The biggest was a 168-gallon leak near DAPL’s endpoint in Patoka, Illinois, on April 23. According to federal regulators, no wildlife was impacted, although soil was contaminated, requiring remediation.

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Jan
9

Indigenous women occupy Washington state capitol lawn

Sitting in a tarpee erected outside the Capitol Building in the US state of Washington, seven Indigenous women and their supporters have vowed to stay put.

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Jan
5

Environmental Justice Grabs a Megaphone in the Climate Movement

From the Native American standoff against a crude oil pipeline at Standing Rock to leadership at this year’s United Nations climate conference by Fiji, a small island nation whose very existence is threatened by sea level rise, 2017 was the year the needs of the dispossessed washed like a wave […]

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Jan
4

Sitka Tribe, Mount Edgecumbe school on hunt for microplastics

Each year, Alaska Native peoples head out to catch fish and hunt seals as they have for thousands of years. But if current worldwide trends continue, it’s likely they are harvesting more than they think.

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Jan
3

Beyond Standing Rock: Environmental Justice Suffered Setbacks in 2017

For many in the environmental justice movement, 2017 served as a wake-up call to a new era where no environmental protections are immune from attack—and where much of the harm is borne by the poor.

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Jan
1

The most consequential environmental stories of 2017

President Trump made his mark in the energy and environment world during his first year in Washington. Many of his actions aimed to undo work from the Obama era. Trump all but abandoned the nation’s efforts to combat climate change, and he shrank national monuments that President Barack Obama had established or sought […]

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Dec
7

Can Tiny Houses Halt the Expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

“We thought we’d only spend a few days at Standing Rock. Instead we were there for months,” recalls Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia. “That’s the story of thousands of Indigenous peoples who touched down there at Oceti Sakowin camp. I know the same thing is going to happen here.”

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Dec
7

Patagonia files claim against Trump over removing Bears Ears protections

The company filed a complaint on Wednesday accusing Donald Trump of exceeding the powers of his office earlier this week when he ordered that Bears Ears national monument be reduced in size by 85%.

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Dec
7

‘We’re fighting for our way of life’: Republican tax bill presents grave threat to Alaska’s tribal groups

The Senate’s tax bill may land a decisive blow in a 30-year environmental battle over the Arctic national wildlife refuge, a vast untrammeled area hailed as America’s Serengeti by conservationists, by finally prising open the wilderness to oil and gas drilling. The region’s Gwich’in people fret that their primary food […]

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Dec
5

Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Response Plan, with Tribe’s Input

The controversial pipeline carries oil under the Standing Rock tribe’s water supply. In his ruling, the judge noted the recent Keystone spill as cause for concern.

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Dec
4

Trump vs. Bears Ears: Outraged Native Groups Respond

The proclamation to remove more than a million acres from protection has been called everything from illegal to racist.

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Dec
4

Defying Tribes and Public Opinion, Trump Slashes Utah National Monuments by Two Million Acres

After months of rumors, leaked memos, and unverified reports, President Trump today announced his decision to cut some two million acres from a pair of national monuments in Utah, making official what conservation and tribal groups have feared.

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Nov
13

Climate change upped the odds of Hurricane Harvey’s extreme rains, study finds

The extreme rains that inundated the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey were made more likely by climate change, a new study suggests, adding that such extreme flooding events will only become more frequent as the globe continues to warm.

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Nov
13

Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

The cases, including one in the United States where a group of young people are arguing that global warming threatens their Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty and property, are widening the scope of environmental litigation.

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Nov
13

Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came […]

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