Economy & Business

"Big-Money Investors Gear Up For A Trillion-Dollar Bet On Farmland"

"For a glimpse of what could happen to a trillion dollars worth of American farmland, meet Ray Williams. He's a lawyer-turned-farmer, growing organic grain and feeding young cows on 3,000 acres in northeastern Oregon. Last year, he and his brother Tom decided that they were getting too old for the long hours and hard work."

Source: NPR, 08/03/2020

"U.S. Appoints Coordinator For Arctic Policy As Mineral Race Heats Up"

"The Trump administration appointed a coordinator for policy in the Arctic on Wednesday, as Washington prepares to compete with Russia and China on resource extraction in a region quickly melting due to climate change."

Source: Reuters, 07/30/2020

"Wide-Ranging Water Infrastructure Bill Easily Passes"

"Legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to boost the nation’s water infrastructure, protect waterways from emerging contaminants, and bolster coastal shorelines sailed through the House Wednesday."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 07/30/2020

Brazilian Amazon Drained Of Millions Of Wild Animals By Criminal Networks

"The Brazilian Amazon is hemorrhaging illegally traded wildlife according to a new report released Monday. Each year, thousands of silver-voiced saffron finches and other songbirds, along with rare macaws and parrots, are captured, trafficked and sold as pets. Some are auctioned as future contestants in songbird contests. Others are exported around the globe."

Source: Mongabay, 07/29/2020
September 21, 2020 to September 25, 2020

14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

CBA14 will take place online, bringing together practitioners, grassroots representatives, policymakers and donors for interactive discussions, workshops and skillshares around the themes of climate finance, adaptation technology, responsive policy, nature-based solutions and youth stream.

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August 19, 2020 to August 20, 2020

IJNR Virtual Workshop for Journalists: Ocean and Climate

This free Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources online workshop for journalists will gather a host of experts from around North America to discuss the complicated relationship between climate and ocean, current impacts and future possibilities. Registration opens Aug 5 to the first 25 registrants.

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North Dakota: "Hope Outlasts Prosperity In Town Flattened By Oil Bust"

"Even for a pandemic, Main Street is quiet, maybe the quietest it's been during the decade of furious construction that built western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields into the second largest oil-producing region in the nation."

Source: E&E News, 07/28/2020

One Million Cambodians Under Threat From Development Of Vital Wetlands

"The destruction of critically-important wetlands by politically-connected developers in Cambodia threatens to flood more than one million Phnom Penh residents, ruin the city’s wastewater system, force hundreds of families from their homes, and trigger environmental devastation, a new report has warned."

Source: Guardian, 07/27/2020

HB 6 Repeal Would Address Only Part Of Ohio Actions To Slow Renewables

"Both Republican and Democratic Ohio lawmakers are pushing to repeal the state’s nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others. Clean energy advocates say that would be a start, but more is needed to address eight years of lawmakers’ actions to slow the growth of renewables in the state."

Source: Energy News Network, 07/24/2020

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