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Why This Matters: This project is a continued attack on federally protected lands and provides a false sense of economic security to the region. The mining industry provides little stimulus to the economy of Minnesota, as “mining and natural resources only [made] up about 3 percent of GDP in the state of Minnesota” for 2017, but tourism generates $45 million each year in perpetuity. Moreover, the mining jobs don’t last — the workers and a permanently scarred landscape are commonly left behind when mines close. Just ask the coal miners in so many communities across the U.S.
The “Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness …contains 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands… [and] 20 percent of all the freshwater in the entire National Forest System” according to Save the Boundary Waters. But there is a long history of mining companies putting profits before workers. Mining workers have experienced health problems like black lungs, unpaid work, and their mining communities are left behind to suffer when the industry moves.
What You Can Do: Click here to send your member of Congress an email to support Rep. McCollum’s effort to block the mine. You can also get updates from the group Save the Boundary Waters by clicking here. And, of course, follow ODP as we continue to shine a light on the mining project.
A recent study published in Conservation Letters found that over 500 dams in planning stages or already constructed are located within protected areas. As Yale E360 reported this week, this study is significant in that it is the first to measure how many dams are being built in protected areas, including in national parks, nature reserves, indigenous areas, and more.
Why This Matters: As the article in Conservation Letters lays out, these protected areas are an “essential tool” in the conservation of freshwater biodiversity.
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Torrential rains have flooded “at least a quarter” of Bangladesh, Somini Sengupta and Julfikar Ali Manik reported in the New York Times last week. According to data from the National Disaster Response Coordination Center, 4.7 million people have been affected by this deluge and over 50,000 people have been […]
As the “dog days” of summer are here, so is the threat of toxic algae in lakes and ponds across the U.S., according to reports from news outlets nationwide.The Boston Globe’s David Abel reported on how the 996 small lakes on Cape Cod that had provided a respite from saltwater are now warming so rapidly that they are being “transformed by climate change” that saps their oxygen, makes them dangerous for swimming by humans and pets, and harms wildlife.
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