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"Navajo Nation Abandoned Uranium Mines Cleanup Gets $600 Million"

"After 50 years, mining companies will pay for cleanup at 94 abandoned uranium mines on Navajo Nation. A historic, $600 million settlement agreement reached by the Navajo Nation, the United States and two subsidiaries of the mining company Freeport-McMoRan aims to address a legacy of uranium mining that stretches back to 1944."

Source: Indian Country Today, 02/16/2017

Sundance Festival a Megaphone for Climate Concerns

For the first time, Sundance Film Festival spotlighted a single theme, and it was climate change. Documentaries highlighting the issue including a sequel to Al Gore's blockbuster, as well as more than a dozen other films dealing with issues like coral reefs, recyling, changing landscapes and rainforest destruction.

"Tribe Files Legal Challenge to Stall Dakota Access Pipeline"

"Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply."

Source: AP, 02/10/2017

"Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity"

"Thousands of years ago, every lake was like Great Bear Lake. So pure you could lower a cup into the water and drink it. So beautiful that people composed love songs to it. So mysterious that many believed it was alive. Today, of the 10 largest lakes in the world, it is the last one that remains essentially primeval."

Source: NY Times, 02/09/2017

"1,700 Residents Of Flint, Michigan Sue EPA Over Water Crisis"

"More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan who say the Environmental Protection Agency mismanaged the water crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning have sued the U.S. government, seeking class action status for their claims."

Source: Reuters, 02/01/2017

"Trump's Muslim Ban 'Is Like A Nightmare,' Scientist Says"

"High atop the Greenland ice sheet lies thousands of dollars of sophisticated scientific monitoring equipment key to projecting future sea level rise. Their batteries are drained and in need of repair, but a scientist charged with their care fears she can't reach the equipment because of Trump's de-facto Muslim ban."

Source: Mashable, 01/31/2017

"Standing Rock Leaders Tell Dakota Pipeline Protesters to Go Home"

"After months of largely peaceful protests by thousands of demonstrators from across the country who congregated at a camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., to help bring the Dakota Access pipeline to a halt, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked the pipeline opponents to go home."

Source: InsideClimate News, 01/24/2017

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