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2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Let’s put more effort into investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes

To protect communities from environmental harms caused by corporate polluters, lax oversight, and poor enforcement of existing laws, an increased effort needs to be made at uncovering environmental crimes, and holding those responsible accountable.... Read more»

Meet the recycling start-up hustling to keep EV batteries out of landfills

Driven by the relative scarcity of both lithium and cobalt as well as the high demand for electric vehicles, Li-Cycle plans to emerge as a player in the EV-battery recycling industry with construction of recycling plants and hubs in Arizona and across the U.S.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. gas prices are over $4 a gallon. These oil CEOs took home over $20M.

Oil and gas CEOs received nearly $45m more in combined total compensation in 2021 compared to 2020 amid a spike in prices.... Read more»

Earth Day, and the media’s point of view

By all scientific accounts, the environmental crisis that activists highlighted more than half a century ago with the first Earth Day is much more dire today, yet network news anchors from 1970 were in many ways ahead of where journalists are now.... Read more»

Analysis

Rethinking air conditioning amid climate change

Scientists have come to realize that the Montreal Protocol of 1987 - which phased out the use of chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons by the cooling and refrigeration industry - might have traded an immediate problem for a long-term one.... Read more»

Analysis

Oil production & rhetoric are up in New Mexico — but jobs & investments? Not so much.

As many groups are demanding American leaders increase oil production, the oil and gas industry has thousands of unused federal drilling permits - but the majority of producers said they had no plans to dramatically increase production in the next year.... Read more»

A battle brews in U.S. over natural gas bans

Some of the country’s most populous cities have banned gas hookups in new developments - but over the last year, Republican-controlled legislatures have passed bills that prohibit cities from banning natural gas infrastructure in new construction.... Read more»

Ukraine war puts food supply chain in crisis

Food supply chains already in flux in the wake of COVID-19 are under new pressure from the Ukraine war with potentially dire consequences for global stability as the heavy sanctions levied on Russia take their toll.... Read more»

SEC climate rule would force companies to disclose emissions

Environmental advocacy groups are celebrating a proposal from the US Securities and Exchange Commission that would require publicly traded companies to share with their investors the risks their companies face from climate change and their greenhouse gas emissions.... Read more»

Countries set two-year deadline for international treaty on plastic pollution 'epidemic'

Representatives of 175 countries have agreed to work together to produce a global treaty to restrict plastics, as emissions from fossil-based plastics surpass air travel and the world’s waterways become inundated with plastic waste.... Read more»

'This is sedition': Ottawa insurrection has roots in pro-pipeline, pro-fossil convoy

Observers are linking the illegal insurrection in Canada’s capital to past protests supporting pipelines and fossil fuels, digging into the white supremacist funding and logistics behind the convoy, and spotlighting the increasingly serious health impacts for downtown Ottawa residents. ... Read more»

Rightwing lobby group ALEC driving laws to blacklist companies that boycott the oil industry

The influential right-wing lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council is driving a surge in new state laws to block boycotts of the oil industry - the strategy, which aims to protect conservative-friendly industries, is modeled on legislation to punish divestment from Israel.... Read more»

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free speech.... Read more»

At the Colorado River conference, 'It’s really no longer a drill'

At the annual Colorado River Water Users Association conference, water managers signed landmark agreements on conservation measures to try to steer the water users toward sustainability - but growing uncertainty about the future - loomed large, leaving experts uneasy.... Read more»

A future with little to no snow? What that means for the West

The West is on track for a future with little to no snow - if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, models show significant reductions in snowpack in the West’s mountains over the next 35 to 60 years - with far-reaching implications for ecosystems, agriculture and communities.... Read more»

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