Natural Resources

Beavers Are Flooding the Warming Alaskan Arctic, Threatening Fish

"A thawing of permafrost in beaver-built wetlands can release vast stores of greenhouse gases to warm the climate, but Native peoples are already feeling the rodent’s impacts." "When the beavers came to streams near the Alaskan village of Venetie, the fish disappeared."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/01/2022

"Mexican Town Protects Forest From Avocado Growers, Cartels"

"Regular citizens have taken the fight against illegal logging into their own hands in the pine-covered mountains of western Mexico, where loggers clear entire hillsides for avocado plantations that drain local water supplies and draw drug cartels hungry for extortion money."

Source: AP, 01/31/2022

Covering Climate Change in the Forgotten Places: A Moroccan Journalist’s View

Environmental journalist Khalid Bencherif struggled to bring the emergent effects of climate change to the attention of local audiences facing many other pressing problems. So he told a powerful story grounded in personal experience, traveling to his childhood home in Morocco’s Tafilalet region, where deepening drought is hitting the oases hard and driving many villagers from their homes.

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Alaskan Indigenous Leaders Fear Impacts On Salmon Streams From Mine

"Mining company Donlin Gold is seeking to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit gold mines near Alaska’s Kuskokwim River, a spawning ground for several species of salmon, which make up 50 percent of local communities’ diet and subsistence lifestyle."

Source: Mongabay, 01/27/2022

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