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George Floyd's death inspires an unlikely movement in Indonesia: Papuan Lives Matter 2.7.2020 LA Times: Nation

A court's surprisingly light sentences for seven Papuan activists highlights how far the Black Lives Matter protests have reverberated in Indonesia.

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Clean Energy Can’t Come at the Expense of the Ocean—and it Doesn’t Have To 24.6.2020 WRI Stories
Clean Energy Can’t Come at the Expense of the Ocean—and it Doesn’t Have To Comments|Add Comment|PrintDeep-seabed mining for minerals could disturb and damage sensitive ocean ecosystems. Photo by kimhiz/Pixabay As clean energy expands, demand for metals and rare earth elements is growing along with it.  Developing the wind turbines, solar panels and batteries that will power our low-carbon future requires cobalt, nickel, zinc, copper, silver, gold, lithium and more. While these materials have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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State orders coal company to cease expansion of West Elk Mine into roadless area near Paonia 19.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
The company that owns and operates the West Elk Mine near Paonia was ordered by the Colorado Division of Reclamation and Mine Safety Thursday to stop building new roads in a roadless area where it plans to expand coal mining operations.
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6 Ways to Remove Carbon Pollution from the Sky 10.6.2020 WRI Stories
6 Ways to Remove Carbon Pollution from the Sky Comments|Add Comment|PrintExpanding forests, restoring existing forests and managing forests can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photo by Andrew Coelho/Unsplash Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have emitted more than 2,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (A gigaton is one billion metric tons.) This thickening blanket of heat-trapping greenhouse gases causes the global warming we experience today. If nothing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Colorado keeping tabs on underground coal mine fires 7.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
South Canyon near Glenwood Springs is a place you’d go to check out new mountain biking trails, or go on a hike.
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Yanomami launch global campaign as goldminers and Covid-19 endanger entire tribe 2.6.2020 Survival International
marcos@socioambiental.org (Portuguese only) Uncontacted tribes are at particular risk of being wiped out by diseases to which they have no immunity. Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami leader known as “the Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” recently warned the UN that the uncontacted Yanomami could soon be exterminated if nothing is done to protect the territory. Gold miners have been spotted close to Moxihatatea (uncontacted Yanomami). Above, one of the Moxihatatea communal houses, seen from the air. © Guilherme Gnipper Trevisan/FUNAI/Hutukara Miners appear to be exploiting the chaos caused by the coronavirus and have been emboldened by President Bolsonaro’s pro-mining stance, with an increase in Yanomami land destroyed by gold miners in March compared with February. President Bolsonaro has actively encouraged land invasions in indigenous territories and has introduced a bill to sell off their lands for logging, mining, ranching and farming. Survival’s Research and Advocacy Director Fiona Watson said today: “The ...
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We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 2.6.2020 WRI Stories
We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 Comments|Add Comment|PrintLarge logs sit on a truck bed in a forest concession in Ghana. Photo by Maite Knorr-Evans/WRI What is tree cover loss? Tree cover loss is not the same as deforestation. “Tree cover” can refer to trees in plantations as well as natural forests, and “tree cover loss” is the removal of tree canopy due to human or natural causes, including fire. The data presented here do not take tree restoration or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Climbing out from coronavirus: Northern California county sags under weight of economic crash 1.6.2020 LA Times: Health

Their remoteness hasn't spared them from the economic fallout of the shutdown. And the sparsity of COVID-19 cases in this Northern California county has only made the restrictive measures hobbling their livelihoods all the more exasperating.

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How the Navajo got their day in the sun 28.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How the Navajo got their day in the sun Danny Kennedy Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:00 In late March, during the early hours of the COVID-19 crisis, just as New Yorkers were realizing how many might die, a small solar development company closed a $4 million financing deal. "Closing" is never easy, but getting a half-dozen high-net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations to pony up as the world’s finance markets crashed around them was a triumph.  Getting the deal done was impressive in its own right, given that private equity had all but frozen in the weeks before and most venture-backed startups were running on fumes, telling their angel investors and anyone who’d listen that they had three months’ financial runway, or less. It seems even more important now, given the terrible toll COVID-19 is having right where the solar is planned: the Navajo Nation. A young team saddled with ambition and support from their tribal government, this largely native-owned company, Navajo Power , was getting ready to ...
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Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics 11.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics Joel Makower Mon, 05/11/2020 - 00:44 At first glance, the sprawling industrial site, covering roughly 900 acres in Kingsport, Tennessee, appears to be just another chemical manufacturing facility. There are hundreds of buildings and countless miles of pipes, conveyors, distillers, cooling towers, valves, pumps, compressors and controls. It doesn’t exactly look or feel particularly noteworthy. But something extraordinary is going on at this Eastman chemical plant: two breakthrough processes to turn waste plastics of all kinds back into new plastics, continuously, with no loss of quality. Last year, the company announced two major initiatives: Carbon renewal technology, or CRT, which breaks down waste plastic feedstocks to the molecular level before using them as building blocks to produce a wide range of materials and packaging. The company claims this enables waste plastics to be recycled an infinite number of times without degradation of ...
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Arts center in Gold Rush town opens, but coronavirus forces closure two days later. What now? 11.5.2020 LA Times: Health

After a multimillion-dollar makeover, an arts center in tiny, ravaged Grass Valley opened. But the coronavirus forced its closure in the Gold Rush town two days later. What now?

This Month in Climate Science, February-March 2020: Carbon Sinks Shrink, Bumble Bees Decline, Nightingale Wings Shorten – and Ecosystems Could Collapse Faster 27.4.2020 WRI Stories
This Month in Climate Science, February-March 2020: Carbon Sinks Shrink, Bumble Bees Decline, Nightingale Wings Shorten – and Ecosystems Could Collapse Faster Comments|Add Comment|PrintBumble bee species are declining. Photo by Matt/Flickr Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Stranded elk rescued after dropping 30-feet into old mine shaft in Mineral County 22.4.2020 Denver Post: Local
A couple of hikers in Mineral County discovered an elk stranded at the bottom of a 30-foot hole, an old mine-shaft, and state wildlife staff and sheriff's deputies rescued the fallen beast.
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Tips from someone with 50 years of social distancing experience 1.4.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Billy Barr has living alone in a cabin in a Colorado mountain ghost town for 50 years. He offers advice on how to find and maintain happiness in isolation.
Davi Yanomami warns uncontacted Yanomami in Brazil “could soon be exterminated” 24.3.2020 Survival International
© Guilherme Gnipper Trevisan/FUNAI/Hutukara Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami leader and shaman has made an urgent statement warning that a group of uncontacted Yanomami “could soon be exterminated” if the Brazilian authorities do not act now to remove goldminers working illegally on the tribe’s land. He says the group, known as the Moxihatatea, are in grave danger: “They have fled many times. But now, they can no longer run away and are surrounded by violent miners who wanted to take revenge by shooting at them with shotguns. “I am very concerned. Perhaps they will soon be exterminated… The miners will undoubtedly destroy them all by killing them with their shotguns and their illnesses, their malaria, their pneumonia.” The statement was delivered before the coronavirus pandemic hit the headlines; the virus hugely adds to the danger posed by thousands of outsiders inside the Yanomami territory. Davi highlights the risks posed to other uncontacted Yanomami communities who are also at great risk from the miners: ...
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Destroying habitats has opened a Pandora's box for new diseases to emerge 24.3.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics.
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What Are the Trump Administration’s New Plans for Utah Monuments? 21.3.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in High Country News and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Released in February, the Trump administration’s final management plans for Utah’s shrunken Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments caused a predictable amount of commotion. While monument foes like Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) praised the […]
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Column: 3 billion birds have vanished from our skies. Can we ever bring them back? 18.3.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Steve Holmer heads the American Bird Conservancy, whose motto is "Bringing back the birds." Can it be done, and how?

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Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail 17.3.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The environmental damage and human health hazards that these activities create may be both severe and irreversible.
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Environmental disaster or key to a clean energy future? A new twist on hydropower 5.3.2020 LA Times: Business

Energy companies are scrambling to build 'pumped storage' projects to complement solar and wind farms. Environmentalists are concerned.

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