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Trump’s In A Rush to Drill in Alaska Even When It Risks Iconic Species

Trump’s In A Rush to Drill in Alaska Even When It Risks Iconic Species

This week, the President’s Interior Department moved forward with a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in one of the most pristine areas remaining on the planet — the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  The Refuge is home to numerous iconic wildlife species such as caribou, polar bears, waterbirds, arctic foxes, black and brown bears, […]

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Trump Administration Green Lights Oil and Gas Development in ANWR

Trump Administration Green Lights Oil and Gas Development in ANWR

The Trump Administration yesterday finalized one of its most controversial fossil fuel favoritism pledges — the Interior Department approved oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) a pristine area in Alaska that has been considered sacred ground to both Indigenous people and environmentalists.  The Refuge is a a 1.56-million-acre area of […]

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Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The oldest national park in Kenya is “under immense pressure,” Dr. Patrick Omondi, the director of biodiversity, research, and planning at the Kenya Wildlife Service, told The Guardian. As Peter Muiruri reported, because of “dwindling wildlife and visitor numbers, and increasing industry and human settlements on all sides,” the […]

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Biden Takes Strong Stance Opposing Pebble Mine and Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Biden Takes Strong Stance Opposing Pebble Mine and Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden over the weekend stated his strong opposition to two prominent mining projects –the Pebble Mine in Alaska and possible uranium mining adjacent to the Grand Canyon — with huge impacts on local economies and Native American communities nearby.

Why This Matters:  Biden understands the importance of both these pristine areas to ALL Americans, and especially their importance to Indigenous Americans.

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2020’s Rising Heat and Melting Glaciers

2020’s Rising Heat and Melting Glaciers

As CNN reported, the size of Canada’s last fully intact ice shelf was reduced by 43% between July 30th and 31st when the Milne Ice Shelf on Ellesmere Island in the northern territory of Nunavut collapsed into the ocean. The ice sheet splintered in two as it sank into the Arctic Ocean. To put it […]

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New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

Approximately 2.1 million acres of intact grassland habitat in the U.S. and Canadian Great Plains were plowed under for row-crop production in 2018, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2020 Plowprint Report. This means that from 2014-2018, tillage of grasslands across the Great Plains occurred at an average rate of four football fields every minute. […]

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