Natural Resources

A Town in Washington Recognizes the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas

"The city of Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday proclaimed that Southern Resident Orcas have legal rights, marking the first time a U.S. city council has made such a recognition."

Source: Inside Climate News, 12/07/2022

"Ranchers, Greens On Edge As BLM Rewrites Grazing Rule"

"For the first time in almost three decades, the Bureau of Land Management is preparing a new rule to guide its management of cows and other livestock grazing on federal lands, a long divisive issue that has only grown more contentious in the West after two decades of drought."

Source: E&E News, 12/07/2022

As Concern Over Methane Mounts, Emission Controls Yield Stories

While carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most often in the news, methane has greater warming power and accounts for a big chunk of the current increase in global warming. Now, growing regulatory pressure may help shift that focus and could drive more local environmental reporting, per the latest TipSheet. The backstory, plus reporting ideas and resources.

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"Natural Resources Democrats Seek Interior Documents On Bribery Allegation"

"Two Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are seeking documents from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland that they say could shine line on whether President Trump offered a pardon to two people convicted of setting fires on public land because of a campaign donation."

Source: The Hill, 12/05/2022

"EPA Proposes Restrictions To Block Proposed Alaska Mine"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run."

Source: AP, 12/05/2022

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