Natural Resources

Key National Dam Database Gets Major Upgrade

Tens of thousands of dams around the United States provide important functions — but also represent critical environment or public safety risks. Now, one central resource to help environmental journalists cover these structures has been improved in important ways. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox walks you through the main changes to the National Inventory of Dams, and points out some lingering weaknesses.

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"Virginia Democrats Aim to Block Trump’s EPA Chief From State Agency"

"A rare confirmation battle is brewing around the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald J. Trump, to take a similar role in an incoming Republican state administration in Virginia."

Source: NYTimes, 01/07/2022

"Panel Probes Trump Aide Over NPS Permit For Jan. 6 Rally"

"As Congress marks the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, congressional investigators are probing whether a Trump White House aide pressured Interior Department and National Park Service officials over permitting for then-President Trump’s rally on the Ellipse."

Source: E&E News, 01/06/2022

"Va. Governor-Elect Taps Trump EPA Chief For Key Post"

"Andrew Wheeler, who served as head of EPA during the Trump administration, is returning to government service. Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) announced today he chose Wheeler as his secretary of natural resources. Wheeler will be the state’s top environmental official and oversee five agencies focusing on the environment, natural resources and recreation."

Source: E&E News, 01/06/2022

"Chile Writes Its Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On"

"Rarely does a country get a chance to lay out its ideals as a nation and write a new constitution for itself. Almost never does the climate and ecological crisis play a central role. That is, until now, in Chile, where a national reinvention is underway. After months of protests over social and environmental grievances, 155 Chileans have been elected to write a new constitution amid what they have declared a “climate and ecological emergency.”"

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Source: NYTimes, 01/04/2022

"Jackpile Mine Toxic Legacy Continues At Laguna Pueblo"

"In the village of Paguate as June Lorenzo’s grandmother knew it growing up, orchards and fields of wheat and corn carpeted nearby hillsides. Streams traversed a verdant valley where people hunted and grazed sheep near the small farming community in Laguna Pueblo. This was before a massive mine cratered the nearby land and altered the skyline. Lorenzo has looked for old photos of that landscape, but they’re hard to find. That place exists now only in stories from elders."

Source: Indian Country Today, 01/04/2022

"This Tree Has Stood Here For 500 Years. Will It Be Sold For $17,500?"

"The Sitka spruce soaring more than 180 feet skyward has stood on this spot on Prince of Wales Island for centuries. While fierce winds have contorted the towering trunks of its neighbors, the spruce’s trunk is ramrod straight. Standing apart from the rest of the canopy, it ascends to the height of a 17-story building."

Source: Washington Post, 01/03/2022

Indigenous Munduruku Suffer Mercury Exposure From Illegal Gold Mining

"Illegal gold mining in the north Amazonian territory of Brazil's indigenous Munduruku people has led to more than half of several hundred people tested showing unsafe mercury levels in their bodies, including children, health researchers say."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 12/24/2021

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