Flagstaff High School Native American Club calls to rename the SF Peaks

By Trissdyn Nez Flagstaff, Arizona- The Native American Club at Flagstaff High School will be speaking at Flagstaff High School in the Multicultural Room (Room 701) at 7:30am on March 11th, 2020. Students from the indigenous…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment News Wildlife

USDA sued over program allowing mass slaughter of native wildlife

“To carry out such a horrific onslaught on native wildlife in the midst of a mass extinction event and a climate crisis, without any real knowledge of the impact, is utterly outrageous.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Wild Fire

Hundreds of thousands of dead migratory birds in Southwest linked to wildfires, Climate Crisis

‘Ecological Disaster on Massive Scale’ “The fact that we’re finding hundreds of these birds dying, just kind of falling out of the sky is extremely alarming.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 A combination…

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A burned Valero gas station smolders during the Creek fire in an unincorporated area of Fresno County, California on September 08, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

New study finds Planet heading toward temperature threshold not seen in 34 million years

Researchers behind the comprehensive study of Earth’s atmospheric record over tens of million of years say “immediate and stringent action” could prevent most dire outcomes. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, September 14 A newly published…

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Satellite image showing Western fires. September 9, 2020.
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News The West Wild Fire

West continues to face deadly flames compounded by heatwave, blackouts, and coronavirus

‘Entire Western US on Fire.’ Seventy wildfires raged across California, Oregon, Washington, and other western states on Wednesday. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 A record-shattering heatwave, continuing wildfires, power blackouts, and the coronavirus…

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The Rough Fire near Hume Lake in the Sierra National Forest, CA in 2015. Photo: USFS
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Revelator Wild Fire

Here’s what Climate Change means for wildfires in the West

Two recent studies find different factors increasing wildfire risk across California and the Pacific Northwest, but the solutions in each location are similar. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Tuesday, June 23 Exploding saguaros in Arizona have…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

Democratic congressman calls for probe into former White House official’s $3 million mask deal

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff won a $3 million federal contract just days after registering his company. He delivered masks to Navajo hospitals that may not work. Rep. Gerry Connolly asked the HHS inspector general’s…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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Posted in Economy Environment News The West

Megadrought brings dry future to West, growing U.S. cities

by  Alexandra Tempus May 7, 2020 In 2002, Utah was reeling from four years of dry conditions that turned the state “into a parched tinderbox,’’ as the Associated Press reported at the time. “Drought Could Last…

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Posted in Environment Havasupai News Uranium Water

New report details flooding/contamination risks at uranium mine near Grand Canyon

April 28, 2020 Flagstaff, Ariz.    The Grand Canyon Trust reports serious problems at the Canyon Mine uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park. The report, “Canyon Mine: Why No Uranium Mine is “Safe” for the…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Economy Food Public Policy The Revelator

Food waste in the time of COVID-19: The real reason to cry over spilt milk

Let’s focus on the economic systems that allowed such waste to be created in the first place, while causing needless pollution, animal suffering and threats to human health. Essay by Dipika Kadaba, The Revelator April 14,…

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Posted in Climate Climate change Common Dreams News Rivers Science Water

Emerging climate-fueled megadrought in Western US may rival any over past 1,200 years

Source: the journal Science “We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we’re on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer…

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Decommissioned pumpjacks stand on what was once an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway platform. (Corbin Hiar / E&E News)
Posted in Accountability Energy Environmental Justice Health News Off the wire Toxic Chemicals

Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in Western oil town.

The broader influence of the oil industry in Artesia, New Mexico is hard to miss.  Bronze statues venerate roughnecks and wildcatters, a brewpub downtown is named the Wellhead, and the walls of the local Chamber of…

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Posted in Climate change Colorado Plateau Energy Environment EPA News

Trump Administration plan expands fossil fuel extraction across Southwestern Colorado

by Meteor Staff from reports Thursday, April 9, 4:10 PM MST The Trump administration today announced the release of its final plan to expand drilling and fracking and other fossil fuel extraction across southwestern Colorado for…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné Environmental Justice First Peoples News Hopi News Public Lands Utah Diné Bikeyah Water

Latest Bears Ears planning meeting convenes without indigenous voices

“Am I the only Indigenous person in the room right now?” asked Angelo Baca, a Navajo and Hopi resident of San Juan County and member of Utah Diné Bikeyah who attended the meeting as an observer….

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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 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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Tongass National Forest. Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro.
Posted in Conservation Environment Environmental Justice Opinion The Revelator Wildlife

Last Chance to Voice Support for Key Environmental Law

The Trump administration wants to gut the National Environmental Policy Act, a move that would silence community criticism of destructive projects and give more power to industry. March 4, 2020 – by Tim Lydon   One…

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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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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 Environment Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico News Off the wire The West

Trump’s border wall threatens an Arizona oasis with a long, diverse history

The waters of Quitobaquito in southern Arizona have attracted diverse visitors for thousands of years. Jared Orsi, CC BY-ND By Jared Orsi, Colorado State University A few hundred yards from the Mexican border in southern Arizona…

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Environment First Nations Mexico News Off the wire

Passage prevented Trump’s wall harming desert ecology

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America. By Megan Janetsky, Arizona Center…

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