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Gold Mine Near Yellowstone Blocked By Montana Court

Gold Mine Near Yellowstone Blocked By Montana Court

Last week a state court judge in Montana invalidated a permit that would have allowed Lucky Minerals, a Canadian mining company, to develop a gold mine on private land north of Yellowstone National Park.  The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Earthjustice sued the State of Montana to invalidate the permit, which would have allowed the mining […]

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Earth Day Starts in Your Own Back Yard

Earth Day Starts in Your Own Back Yard

By Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust Earth Day is usually associated with big demonstrations, laudable corporate commitments and remarks by national figures encouraging us to keep persevering in the fight for our planet. Those are all important actions, but we can’t forget that the most impactful things we can do […]

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US Dust storms getting worse, posing serious human health consequences

US Dust storms getting worse, posing serious human health consequences

Soil erosion in the West is getting worse. And that’s creating more dust – which isn’t good for ecosystems, human health or the economy. A study from the U.S. Geological Survey says more than 200 thousand square miles of land in the U.S. is more susceptible than ever to soil erosion from wind. And roughly two-thirds of […]

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Weeds one step ahead of Roundup

Weeds one step ahead of Roundup

Evidence is emerging that after billions of dollars made by the agrochem industry off of Roundup and genetically engineered “Round-up ready” crops, weeds are becoming resistant to the highly potent pesticide.

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CA National Guard pulled from border to help prepare for fire season

CA National Guard pulled from border to help prepare for fire season

Last Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a “statewide emergency on wildfires” as a means to expedite prevention projects before the next fire season in the state.

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Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands. 

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One St. Patty’s Thing: the longest 4-leaf clover hunt ever?

One St. Patty’s Thing: the longest 4-leaf clover hunt ever?

Muriel Alderman, an 85-year-old resident of Riner, VA has been collecting 4-leaf clovers on her farm since 1965 and has amassed a serious collection in that time. Looking for the clovers is her hobby and she keeps a record of her collection. As SW Virginia News reported, in 2018 – which she called “the best […]

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Tornados are survivable yet Americans are still dying

Tornados are survivable yet Americans are still dying

Tornado warning technology has improved significantly in the past decades yet in states like Alabama, tornadoes still routinely claim human lives when they don’t have to. Just last week more than three dozen tornadoes wrought havoc in the Deep South, killing 23 and razing the ground bare in many areas and just yesterday two tornadoes […]

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America’s leaky septic systems a big problem

America’s leaky septic systems a big problem

As many as 1 in 5 Americans rely on a septic system to treat their wastewater, yet as our population grows, these systems are having unintended consequences that are endangering human and environmental health. In many places like Alabama Black Belt’s Lowndes County, septic systems can cost upwards of $30,000 and thus many low-income residents […]

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Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families

Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families


An NPR investigation released this week has revealed that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. While natural disasters are becoming more common in America as a result of climate change( in the early and mid-20th century, […]

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U.S. to FINALLY get volcano early warning system

U.S. to FINALLY get volcano early warning system

As the Sierra Club explained, on Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act, a lands conservation bill that combines more than 100 pieces of legislation protecting 3-million-plus acres of land. The bill, which the Senate overwhelmingly passed two weeks ago, also classifies hundreds of miles of US rivers as wild, scenic, […]

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Protecting the Grand Canyon from mining on its 100th anniversary

Protecting the Grand Canyon from mining on its 100th anniversary

Yesterday Grand Canyon National Park celebrated its 100th birthday. Fortune explained it best: “on Feb. 26, 1919, Congress passed legislation backed by President Woodrow Wilson recognizing the canyon as a national park. The natural wonder has become an American symbol and a space for visitors to connect with the raw outdoors. The scenic landscape holds […]

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