Natural Resources

"Sacred Water: Environmental Justice In Indian Country"

"For Native American tribes, water more than sustains—it is a sacred, living thing to be revered and protected. It is their cultural touchstone. Yet tribes across the United States face water pollution problems that make their members sick, taint their traditions and epitomize the weight of modernity squeezing spiritual connections to a breaking point."

Source: EHN, 08/22/2016

"Soil Has a Microbiome, Too"

"The unique mix of microbes in soil has a profound effect on which plants thrive and which ones die".

"The Netherlands, home to windmills and clogs, legalized prostitution and marijuana, is also home to intensively farmed cropland. Holland’s small size and large population have meant that the country his historically needed savvy agriculturalists to feed its people. But as it grows less and less of its own food, the government has  to buy out farmers to return cropland to a wilder state.

Source: Smithsonian, 08/18/2016

In Mesa Verde, Climate Change Reveals New Treasures, Destroys Old Ones

"Think of Mesa Verde National Park and you probably imagine iconic cliff dwellings sketched in sandstone. Those homes were built by the Ancestral Pueblo before they left the area in the late 13th Century. Climate change may be putting some of those dwellings in jeopardy."

Source: Colorado Public Radio, 08/17/2016

"National Monument Proposals In Vogue As Obama Prepares Exit"

"The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines."

Source: AP, 08/15/2016

"U.S. Must Bury Coal To Save Miner Jobs: Interior Secretary"

"From Appalachia to Wyoming, surging demand for cheap natural gas, tougher environmental regulations and multiple coal company bankruptcies have left behind a devastated coal business, lost jobs and billions of dollars in cleanup work. Many of the jobs are gone for good, but ex-miners can repair the damaged land and shape a post-coal economy, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on a recent visit to coal country, offering up a future starkly different from Donald Trump's."

Source: Reuters, 08/10/2016


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