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Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

“These ecosystem modifications directly affect organisms on land and in the water downstream. Every decision to allow a mine to proceed with a tailings storage facility indelibly transforms rivers and their ecosystems for hundreds to thousands…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Water

Leaking gas stations around Flagstaff

Recently, a number of gas stations have disappeared from Flagstaff. A couple have been replaced but the rest appear to have been taken out for good. A map provided by ADEQ’s Public Information Officer, Erin Jordan,…

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Greenpeace finds labels on plastic products ‘Mislead the public and harm America’s recycling systems’

Instead of getting serious about moving away from single-use plastic, corporations are hiding behind the pretense that their throwaway packaging is recyclable. “Retailers and consumer goods companies across the country are frequently putting labels on their…

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Posted in Courts/justice Diné Environment First Nations News

Navajo Elders Object to Snowbowl Chairlift on Sacred Mountain

Threatened plant, the San Francisco Ragwort, which grows no where else in the World except on the San Francisco Peaks is in the way of Arizona Snowbowl’s new gondola style lift. By Shawn Mulford Censored News Flagstaff,…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Composting Environment Landfills The Revelator Waste

Can the U.S. slash food waste in half in the next ten years?

Emerging efforts by cities and the federal government show that progress is possible, but experts say systemic changes are still needed. February 14, 2020 – by Tim Lydon Can the United States make progress on its…

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Posted in Business Climate Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Temperature in Antarctica soars past 69°F as NOAA reports last month was world’s hottest January on record

While the reading in Antarctica still needs to be confirmed, the Brazilian scientists who logged it called the new record “incredible and abnormal.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Development Energy Environment First Nations Mining News The West Water

BLM suspends oil & gas extraction leases in Little Colorado River Valley

Flagstaff  The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court yesterday (Feb 5) after…

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The Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Common Dreams Energy Environment Mining News Off the wire Public Lands Science Water

Trump’s final plan to open treasured public lands in Utah called ‘Sellout’ to big oil

The administration’s new managment plans “are the latest in a series of insults… that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.” By Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Labor Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages Working Class

Over 60 green groups call on House Dems to pass sweeping worker rights-boosting PRO Act

“There is no way to build a greener, more inclusive economy without strong, thriving labor unions.” By Andrea Germanos, staff writer, CommonDreams.org Over 60 environmental groups on Wednesday urged Democratic lawmakers to support the sweeping pro-union…

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5 things you should know about the earth’s warming ocean

Climate change has caused record-breaking ocean temperatures, and that means more dangerous storms, trouble for coral reefs and big changes for our marine ecosystems. Oceans & Clean Water January 29, 2020 – by Tara Lohan The Revelator…

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Posted in Climate change Environment Environmental Justice News Public Policy

Greta Thunberg needs no defense: why we must keep Climate Striking

by Massimo Paciotto Biggers , Jeff Biggers Common Dreams While President Trump dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and scientists as “perennial prophets of doom” at the World World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate strikers in drought-stricken…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing economic justice Environment Environmental Justice News Social Justice world Youth

‘We Have so much more to do,’ youth climate activists declare as global elite close out Davos forum

“It is time to get out of our comfort zones.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Youth climate activists marched through the streets of Davos, Switzerland Friday as the World Economic Forum wrapped up in a Fridays…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice National News Off the wire Water

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the country has ever seen’: Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands

“This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water…

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Posted in Environment News Off the wire Science

Stoneflies and mayflies, canaries of our streams

Experienced anglers recognize that for a trout, the ultimate “steak dinner” is a stonefly or mayfly. That’s why fly fishing enthusiasts will go to extreme lengths to imitate these graceful, elegant and fragile insects. The presence…

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‘Act as if you loved your children above all else’: Greta Thunberg demands Davos elite immediately halt all fossil fuel investments

“I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do, but don’t worry—it’s fine—I’ve done this before and I can assure you: it doesn’t lead to anything.”…

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Posted in Environment News The West Water

Lawsuit: Trump admin violating the Endangered Species Act in AZ & NM: Cattle trampling waterways.

“It shouldn’t take a lawsuit to keep livestock from trampling these fragile southwestern rivers, but the Forest Service has turned a blind eye,” said Brian Segee, an attorney at the Center. “We found cows, manure and…

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‘Our planet is seriously burning and the adults keep letting us down’: Ninth Circuit throws out youth climate case

“Seeking to quash this suit, the government bluntly insists that it has the absolute and unreviewable power to destroy the Nation,” wrote Judge Josephine Staton in a scathing dissent opinion. “My colleagues throw up their hands,…

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The refinery disaster

Toxic refinery leaks imperiled Philadelphia residents. By Corbin Hiar / E&E News and Lisa Riordan Seville / NBC News This story is part of Toxic Zones, a series about communities near refineries co-produced with E&E News…

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The land around Red Knoll near Kanab, UT that could have been razed for a frac sand mine. Photo by Tara Lohan
Posted in Colorado Plateau Community organizing Energy Environment Environmental Justice Mining Off the wire Politics The Revelator The West

How one Utah community fought the fracking industry — and won

Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator A…

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Posted in Energy Environment National Off the wire Politics The West

Pendley acting BLM chief on green ‘radicals’ and the ‘war on the West’

By Timothy Cama, Environment & Energy Greenwire Report Environmentalists are “extremists” or “radicals.” Bureaucrats often lie or cheat to accomplish their goals. The government is carrying out a “war” on the western United States. Native American…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Environment Environmental Justice Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

New York Times offers more advice on activism

New Orleans       The editorial page editor of the New York Times has embarked on an interesting strategy in recent years.  I’ve made some small comments about this in the past, but the pattern is so…

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