Natural Resources

"Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism"

"In most American cities, white residents live near parks, trees and baseball fields, while communities of color are left with concrete and the heat that comes with it. Now, in a push that could provide a road map for other cities, officials in Denver are working to rectify that historical inequity."

Source: NYTimes, 10/05/2020

"$215M in BP Oil Spill Money To Restore Louisiana Marshes"

"Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than 4,600 acres of marsh and other habitat in the New Orleans area, Gov. John Bel Edwards said."

Source: AP, 10/01/2020

"'Dramatic' Global Rise In Laws Defending Rights Of Nature"

"WASHINGTON - From Bolivia to New Zealand, rivers and ecosystems in at least 14 countries have won the legal right to exist and flourish, as a new way of safeguarding nature gains steam, U.S. environmental groups said on Thursday.

Rights of nature laws, allowing residents to sue over harm on behalf of lakes and reefs, have seen 'a dramatic increase' in the last dozen years, said the Earth Law Center, International Rivers and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 10/01/2020

"Trump Public Lands Agenda Threatened By New Court Ruling - Lawyers"

"A federal court ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management had an illegitimate director for more than a year has cast doubt over a slew of the agency’s recently completed efforts to boost oil and gas development on federal lands, according to lawyers and environmental groups."

Source: Reuters, 09/30/2020

Why Reporters Should Catch the Watershed By the Tale

Drainage basin may not be the sexiest of ecosystem designations, but watersheds have essential stories to tell. And environment reporters would be wise to view them as regional beats all their own, argues a long-time watershed reporter, who explains why and offers a series of tips to help journalists get the best of the basin beat.

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