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Resources: Wildlife & Habitat

Wisconsin tribe files lawsuit over mine permitting on sacred land

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin alleges the feds have neglected their duty to oversee wetland permitting for controversial Michigan mine

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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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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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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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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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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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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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WHILE TRUMP KEEPS MONUMENT PLAN SECRET, PROPONENTS TOUT THEIR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The argument that National Monuments impede economic growth doesn’t hold water, say an economist and conservationists. With 98% of public comments in favor of leaving monuments just the way they are, many think the Trump administration is going to make changes to allow more energy and timber development.

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Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West

Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region.

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Interior Secretary Proposes Shrinking Four National Monuments

Environmentalists, ranchers, tribal governments and Western lawmakers had been watching closely to see if Mr. Zinke would propose changing the borders of the Bears Ears National Monument, which President Barack Obama established at the end of his term, and other scenic and historic areas under federal protection.

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