Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

"In Nevada, A Tribe And A Toad Halt A Renewable Power Plant"

"An Adele song blasted from a stereo. Workers put up a fence near a massive heat exchanger and other equipment awaiting assembly here in the Nevada desert. After about a decade of grinding its way through the federal permitting process, Ormat, a geothermal company, was building a new power plant in Dixie Valley to produce renewable energy."

Source: Washington Post, 11/04/2022

ESA Inaction Spells Trouble for an Iconic Grassland Bird

The lesser prairie-chicken is in dire need of protection, but a decision on listing it under the Endangered Species Act is months overdue. Environmental reporter Mike Smith looks at the causes and potential consequences of the bureaucratic delay and muses on whether this unique bird will go the way of its even more imperiled relative, the Attwater’s prairie-chicken.

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November 4, 2022

SEJ Pre-Conference Happy Hour in Boise, Idaho

The Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors invites you to a happy hour event, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Lost Grove Brewing in Boise. Come meet and mingle with board members meeting in Boise ahead of SEJ's annual conference in April 2023. Guests welcome.

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"Biden Designates Colorado’s Camp Hale As His First National Monument"

"President Biden traveled to Colorado on Wednesday to designate a World War II-era military site as a national monument, using his executive powers to protect the historic landscape and delivering on a key priority for Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) ahead of next month’s midterm elections."

Source: Washington Post, 10/13/2022
April 19, 2023 to April 23, 2023

#SEJ2023 Annual Conference, Boise, Idaho

SEJ's 32nd Annual Conference takes place in Boise, Idaho, April 19-23, 2023, hosted by Boise State University. Registration is now open! Check out the draft agenda, sponsor/exhibit/advertise, book your hotel room and register soon to get your choice of workshops and tours. Keep up to date: sign up for conference info.

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U.S. Wildfire Response Badly Off-Base, New Doc Convincingly Shows

A gripping new documentary on raging megafires weaves together stunning cinematography with deeply researched revelations that reveal the futility of current policy around managing wildfires, writes veteran wildfire reporter Robert McClure in a new EJ InSight column. His review, with three big takeaways.

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Methane, a Key Global Warming Source, Is Targeted by Nations

Carbon dioxide may get more attention, but the second-most damaging greenhouse gas, methane, is now the focus of a global pledge to cut emissions 30% by 2030. ​​As part of a Society of Environmental Journalists publishing project focused on covering climate solutions, we take a closer look at methane with energy reporter Nushin Huq. A primer on the climate-related problems of methane and the promise of methane-based solutions. Plus, watch a recent SEJ methane solutions webinar and see our Methane and Climate Change Toolbox.

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Enviros Seek To List Rare NV Springsnail As Endangered Due To Lithium Mine

"A group of conservationists are seeking to get a tiny rare Nevada springsnail listed as an endangered or threatened species, arguing that the species is threatened by a planned lithium mine in Thacker Pass."

Source: States Newsroom, 09/12/2022


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