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 […]Continue Reading 448 words
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 […]Continue Reading 464 words
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 […]Continue Reading 441 words
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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.Continue Reading 371 words
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.Continue Reading 502 words
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.Continue Reading 414 words
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 […]Continue Reading 140 words
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 […]Continue Reading 545 words
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 […]Continue Reading 576 words
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, […]Continue Reading 672 words
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, […]Continue Reading 384 words
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 […]Continue Reading 462 words