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HCN is staying put

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
We may have sold our building, but we’re not moving after all.
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Why are Saudi farmers pumping Arizona groundwater?

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
A conversation with Natalie Koch, author of ‘Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arabia and Arizona.’
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Letters to the editor, January 2023

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
Comments from readers.
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Can dam removal save the Snake River?

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
See the river as the climate changes, development continues and consequences grow with inaction.
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La Niña expected to serve up a hat trick

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
The weather pattern hits the West for a third consecutive winter.
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Toad lickers, bear wrestlers and beard fanciers

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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What comes after the fire?

High Country News - Sun, 01/01/2023 - 01:00
Friction from the past intensifies in environmentally stressed regions.
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Stunning Satellite Images of Our Changing Planet in 2022

Yale Environment 360 - Fri, 12/30/2022 - 02:00

Humans are reshaping the Earth in unprecedented ways, both by turning vast tracts of wilderness into farms and cities and by altering the global climate, fueling more intense fires, floods, heat, and drought. Scientists at NASA have captured the astounding breadth of humanity's impact in satellite images.

Read more on E360 →

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What if Indigenous women ran controlled burns?

High Country News - Fri, 12/30/2022 - 01:00
The Karuk Tribe’s first-of-its-kind training seeks to extinguish hypermasculinity in firefighting culture.
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Plainsong

High Country News - Fri, 12/30/2022 - 01:00
A poem by J.P. Grasser.
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A year in the Borderlands: The biggest stories from 2022

High Country News - Thu, 12/29/2022 - 01:00
With a little help from our friends, HCN untangles the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Our Best Articles of 2022

The Revelator - Wed, 12/28/2022 - 05:00

Looking back at the year that was, we can’t help but also look forward. That’s what the best of our articles and commentaries did in 2022: They visualized the next steps toward a better future for wildlife, the planet and us.

Of course, sometimes getting to that point means looking at the pain, and there was plenty of that in 2022. But we remain resolute in our beliefs that good people can change the world for the better and that journalism is often the lens through which that echoes and amplifies.

So here are some of our best articles of 2022. They cover heavy topics like the extinction crisis, environmental justice and climate change, but they also celebrate those working to reverse the threats all of us face.

Learning to Love — and Protect — Burned Trees — A much-needed reminder that we don’t have to keep doing things the same way we always have.

Native Renewables solar project. (Courtesy of Native Renewables)

Solar Sovereignty: The Promise of Native-Led Renewables — Renewable energy isn’t always easy, which is why we focus on folks who are making a difference, especially for underserved communities.

30 Ways Environmentalists Can Participate in Democracy  — The midterms may be over, but the buildup to 2024 has just begun, and there’s still a lot left to do on all fronts. Environmentalists often bemoan the political process, but we should never underestimate our power and potential.

Left Out to Dry: Wildlife Threatened by Colorado River Basin Water Crisis — One of the biggest crises facing the country right now. It’s easy to ignore wildlife when people are suffering, which is why this look behind the curtain is important.

Collision Course: Will the Plastics Treaty Slow the Plastics Rush? — Plastic pollution threatens us on a cellular level, and plastic production worsens the climate crisis. The United Nations could finally step in to help.

Another Dam(n) Extinction — Sad news, but a call for change. And a warning of what else could come if we’re not watching closely.

10 Ways War Harms Wildlife — With war in Ukraine raging on, we need to look at the effects of violence on the planet.

Photo: USDA (uncredited)

Cargo, With a Side of Hornets, Flies and Crabs — Your online shopping comes with a cost, and not always the one you might expect.

Dam Accounting: Taking Stock of Methane Emissions From Reservoirs — Hydropower often gets presented as a clean energy solution. It pays to examine those assertions.

On the Clean Water Act’s 50th Birthday, What Should We Celebrate? — One of the country’s milestone environmental laws celebrated an important anniversary this year, which serves as a reminder of what we can accomplish and what we’re still missing.

The Fight for an Invisible Fish — What you can’t see is still worth protecting.

Rainbows from Bunsen Peak, Mammoth Hot Springs. Photo: Neal Herbert/NPS

Environmental Groups: Earn Your Place at Pride — The environmental movement is still too white, too straight, and too willing to overlook its own diversity and equity problems. This op-ed challenges us to be better.

Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States? — Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone. But sometimes there are opportunities to bring it back.

Armadillos Make Great Neighbors — We’re all connected.

Six Ways to Talk About Extinction — The more we talk about it, and the better we talk about it, the more opportunity we’ll have to prevent future loss.

How to Stop Wildlife Trafficking in Its Tracks — An important roadmap for the future.

Thanks for reading in 2022. Thanks, too, for your comments, questions, suggestions, shares and general support. We couldn’t keep running The Revelator without you, our valued readers and writers.

Here’s to more moving forward in 2023 — and beyond.

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Coal Prevailed in 2022, but Renewables Remain Ascendant

Yale Environment 360 - Wed, 12/28/2022 - 02:00

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine roiling energy markets, 2022 saw countries burning unprecedented amounts of coal — but also making massive investments in renewables. Experts are projecting the world will add as much renewable power in the next five years as it did in the last 20, with renewables rapidly overtaking coal to become the world’s largest source of electricity.

Read more on E360 →

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Readers’ favorite stories from the West

High Country News - Wed, 12/28/2022 - 01:00
From wildlife and wildfire to public lands and Indigenous affairs, a roundup of 2022’s most-read articles.
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Photos from the West, vast and varied

High Country News - Wed, 12/28/2022 - 01:00
Take a look back at some of the images that made up the region in 2022.
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Nuclear fusion may still be decades away, but the latest breakthrough could speed up its development

Red, Green, and Blue - Tue, 12/27/2022 - 17:00

Nuclear fusion holds huge promise as a source of clean, abundant energy that could power the world. Now, fusion researchers at a national laboratory in the US have achieved something physicists have been working towards for decades, a process known as “ignition”. This step involves getting more energy out from fusion reactions than is put in […]

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Big oil wants to drill on public lands. It should also pay to clean up the mess

Red, Green, and Blue - Tue, 12/27/2022 - 09:00

A trio of advocacy groups on Thursday urged the U.S. Interior Department to do more to fix the nation’s “broken oil and gas leasing system.” Hundreds of progressive organizations, including Public Citizen, have called on President Joe Biden’s administration to halt fossil fuel extraction on public lands and waters. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams But Public Citizen, Project […]

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The diversity report card for environmental organizations doesn’t track gender

Red, Green, and Blue - Tue, 12/27/2022 - 06:00

A new report that details diversity in environmental organizations found a 3.5 percent increase in staff of color among 68 participating NGOs this year, with a total of 36.5 percent of staff identifying as being a person of color. It also found that representation decreases in more senior levels, with Black, Latinx and Asian-American employees […]

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Even after USPS EV Progress, advocates say DeJoy should still be fired

Red, Green, and Blue - Tue, 12/27/2022 - 04:00

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s widely praised announcement last week that the Postal Service will buy tens of thousands of electric vehicles in the coming years to help replace its aging delivery fleet should not be enough to save the scandal-plagued USPS chief’s job, advocates said, pointing to his refusal to support a more ambitious electrification plan and […]

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A very merry Indigenous affairs year-in-review

High Country News - Tue, 12/27/2022 - 01:00
Take a look back at the changes in Indian Country over 2022.
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