Natural Resources

"Trump's Border Wall Torn Apart by Arizona Monsoon Rains"

"It turns out ignoring bedrock environmental laws may not have been the best choice for a multibillion-dollar construction project. Photos show former President Donald Trump’s border wall in deep disrepair after summer monsoon rains literally blew floodgates off their hinges."

Source: Earther, 08/23/2021

What Will Happen To Millions Of Retired Electric Car Batteries?

"A tsunami of electric vehicles is expected in rich countries, as car companies and governments pledge to ramp up their numbers – there are predicted be 145m on the roads by 2030. But while electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing emissions, they also contain a potential environmental timebomb: their batteries."

Source: Guardian, 08/23/2021

"‘Coming Full Circle’: Native Tapped To Lead National Parks"

"For the first time, a Native American may become the director of the National Park Service. President Joe Biden nominated Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III Wednesday and will be considered by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, he will be the 19th permanent director of the National Park Service."

Source: Indian Country Today, 08/19/2021

Exxon Guyana Coast Oil Drilling Gamble ‘Poses Major Environmental Risk’

"ExxonMobil’s huge new Guyana project faces charges of a disregard for safety from experts who claim the company has failed to adequately prepare for possible disaster, the Guardian and Floodlight have found."

Source: Guardian, 08/18/2021

"70% Of D.C.’s Streams Have Disappeared. Where Did They Go?"

"Washington D.C is a river city, built at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia. Once upon a time, it was also a stream city, laced with a vast network of tributaries. Roughly 70% of those historic streams disappeared as the city developed, according to a new District-funded project to document and map the D.C.’s forgotten waterways."

Source: WAMU, 08/16/2021

Culture: How Loss Of Animals’ Shared Knowledge Threatens Their Survival

"At the peak of the whaling industry, in the late 1800s, North Atlantic right whales were slaughtered in their thousands. With each carcass hauled on to the deck, whalers were taking more than just bones and flesh out of the ocean. The slaughtered whales had unique memories of feeding grounds, hunting techniques and communication styles; knowledge acquired over centuries, passed down through the generations, and shared between peers. The critically endangered whale clings on, but much of the species’ cultural knowledge is now extinct."

Source: Guardian, 08/16/2021

"Biden Faces Pivotal Energy Test In Chaco Canyon"

"How much natural gas drilling to allow near the 1,000-year-old architectural ruins of Chaco Canyon, important to many Pueblo people, may not be Deb Haaland’s best-known oil and gas dilemma as Interior secretary. But it is likely her most personal one."

Source: E&E News, 08/16/2021

"Lawsuit: US Withholding Wildfire Fuel Break Information"

"Conservationists are accusing federal land managers of illegally withholding information about environmental assessments used to justify plans to create fuel breaks to slow wildfires by clearing forests and shrubs across six western states with little if any public oversight."

Source: AP, 08/13/2021

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