Natural Resources

Is the South Confronting Its Climate Threats?

The South is ground zero for the climate crisis in the United States, yet little is being done to prevent impacts or protect communities. Will the South tap its potential to be part of the solution? Our special report, “Covering Your Climate: The South,” helps reporters cover the region, starting with a backgrounder on climate concerns from Texas to Virginia.

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"Hopi Tribe Pushes For Solutions In Long Struggle For Water"

"Some Hopi families don’t have running water. Many others have water tainted with arsenic. Steps toward fixes are finally taking shape."

"MISHONGNOVI — At the end of a dusty road, beside two water tanks in the desert shrubs, a windmill spins in the breeze.

From a spigot, water flows through a blue hose and gushes into a bucket.

When the water reaches the brim, Kayla Johnson heaves the bucket into the back of her family’s car. Her younger brother, Terron, holds the hose and keeps the stream running into a 5-gallon jug.

Source: Arizona Republic, 12/23/2020

Washington Monument Closed After Bernhardt Tests Positive For Virus

"Officials have taken the extraordinary step of closing the Washington Monument starting Friday as a precaution after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who gave a private, nighttime tour to other Trump appointees this week — tested positive for the coronavirus."

Source: Washington Post, 12/21/2020

Govt Scientists Predicted Border Wall Could Harm Wildlife Refuge

"Construction of President Trump’s border wall moved forward last year even after government scientists said it could harm a nearby wildlife refuge, according to an internal report obtained by The Hill. The report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that the construction of the wall would pull water from the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge."

Source: The Hill, 12/21/2020
January 27, 2021

2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment

Join us virtually for the Society of Environmental Journalists' 9th annual look ahead at the year's key energy and environmental issues. Hosted by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, Jan 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the event will feature leading journalists offering their predictions for the year ahead, following a keynote interview with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy. Plus: Four breakout rooms (includes $25 Uber Eats voucher)!

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"US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development"

"The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country’s largest network of wetlands could be at risk of being further degraded."

Source: AP, 12/18/2020

Trump Administration Gets In Way of New Bipartisan Conservation Law

"Republicans and Democrats together approved the Great American Outdoors Act, but the administration has ignored planned projects and imposed rules restricting spending."

"The partisanship poisoning Washington made it hard to imagine the sharply divided Congress coming together over anything in this year, let alone environmental legislation. And fallout from the pandemic made it seem even more unlikely that Democrats and Republicans could agree on something like spending hundreds of millions of dollars on parks and conservation.

Source: Inside Climate News, 12/18/2020

"Biden Picks Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department"

"In a historic decision, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Deb Haaland, a congressional representative from New Mexico and a Native American, to lead the Interior Department, an agency that for much of the nation’s history played a central role in the dislocation and abuse of Indigenous communities from coast to coast."

Source: NYTimes, 12/18/2020

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