Natural Resources

"Mapping America’s Access To Nature, Neighborhood By Neighborhood"

"Using satellite imagery and data on dozens of factors — including air and noise pollution, park space, open water and tree canopy — NatureQuant has distilled the elements of health-supporting nature into a single variable called NatureScore. Aggregated to the level of Census tracts — roughly the size of a neighborhood — the data provide a high-resolution image of where nature is abundant and where it is lacking across the United States."

Source: Washington Post, 04/11/2024

Salmon Fishing Banned Off Calif. Coast For Second Year Amid Low Stocks

"Federal fishery managers voted Wednesday to cancel all commercial and recreational salmon fishing off the coast of California for the second year in a row, and only the fourth time in state history, because of dwindling stocks."

Source: AP, 04/11/2024

US Agrees With Native American Tribe That Line 5 Pipeline Is Trespassing

"The Biden administration straddled the line on a controversial Canadian oil pipeline in a court filing Wednesday, saying a lower court’s order to drain portions running through tribal land may violate a 1977 treaty but agreeing with a Native American tribe that the operator is trespassing on tribal land."

Source: The Hill, 04/11/2024

"Jared Kushner Has Big Plans for Delta of Europe’s Last Wild River"

"Albania’s Vjosë River is known as Europe’s last wild river, and its pristine delta is a haven for migratory birds. As plans for luxury developments there — spearheaded by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — move ahead, conservationists are sounding the alarm."

Source: YaleE360, 04/10/2024

US Wildfires Get Bigger And More Complex, Changing Firefighting Workforce

"With fires growing in size and duration, federal officials in charge of juggling resources and dispatching crews are pivoting to a new business model they describe as the biggest shift in wildfire management in decades."

Source: AP, 04/10/2024

"Lithium Companies Fight Over Water in the Arid Great Basin"

"In the Nevada valley that is one of the most significant domestic sources of a key element for the energy transition, one company controls the groundwater needed to mine it, another is fighting for a share of it and others are lining up at the tap."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/10/2024

Humans Converted 250,000 Acres Of Estuaries To Cities And Farms In 35 Years

"Worldwide over the past 35 years, dams and land reclamation activities have converted 250,000 acres of estuary — an area roughly 17 times the size of Manhattan — to urban land or agricultural fields, with most land conversion and estuary loss in rapidly developing countries, a new study finds."

Source: AGU, 04/10/2024

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