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In NY, White House Poised To Create 1st Monument To Gay Rights Struggle

"President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement."

Source: Wash Post, 05/05/2016

Brazil Files $44 Billion Lawsuit Against Vale, BHP For Dam Spill

"Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed a 155 billion-real ($43.5 billion) civil lawsuit on Tuesday against iron miner Samarco and its owners, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, for a collapsed tailings dam in November that killed 19 people and polluted a major river."

Source: Reuters, 05/04/2016

"Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge"

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"Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge"

By Edward Struzik
Island Press, $22.65

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

The Arctic has a stark beauty. I fell in love with its treeless tundra in 2008, when my newspaper sent me to Greenland for 10 days to research what ultimately became a four-day, nine-story series. I found people there to be sweet and hardy, living on a landscape that is biologically complex and amazing.

"Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man"

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"Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man"

By Jason Mark
Island Press, $28.00

Reviewed by ELIZABETH GROSSMAN

At a time when it can be argued that no place on Earth has not been somehow altered by humans, “Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man” asks a critical question: Is there any place that can still be called wild? And why would that matter?

Hawaii's Last Sugar Harvest Paves Way For A Fight On The Land's Future

"For more than 150 years, the big agricultural corporations that produce sugar have been top dogs in the island’s economic life and its political governance. As the industry winds down, a new generation of activists are dreaming big of replacing sugar not only with a new agricultural model but also a new political settlement."

Source: Guardian, 04/29/2016

9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial

"Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remains".

"He’s been called “the most important human skeleton ever found in North America.” Known as Kennewick Man, the 9,000-year-old Paleoamerican was unearthed in 1996 in the city of Kennewick, Washington. But the discovery was more than a thrilling moment for archaeologists—it sparked a legal battle that lasted more than two decades. Now, reports Nicholas K. Geranios for the Associated Press, Kennewick Man’s saga will finally come to an end with a Native American burial.

Source: Smithsonian, 04/29/2016

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