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Who Owns Water? The US Landowners Putting Barbed Wire Across Rivers – March 20, 2018

New Mexico is a battleground in the fight over once public waterways

As Scott Carpenter and a few friends paddled down the Pecos river in New Mexico last May, taking advantage of spring run-off, the lead boater yelled out and made a swirling hand motion over his head in the universal signal to pull over to shore. The paddlers eddied out in time to avoid running straight through three strings of barbed wire obstructing the river.

Swinging in the wind, the sign hanging from the fence read “PRIVATE PROPERTY: No Trespassing”.

kayaker trying to get past barbed wire fence across riverPhoto courtesy of Scott CarpenterA paddler navigates through barbed wire across the Rio Chama in New Mexico… more

by: The Guardian

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Ryan Zinke to Look into Unpopular Montana Land Exchange Proposal – March 16, 2018

The 5,000-acre proposal by Texas oil barons was twice rejected under Obama

The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has promised to look into a Montana land exchange proposal from Texas oil and gas billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks that was twice rejected under the Obama administration, the Guardian can reveal.

upper missouri big breaks national monumentPhoto by Bob Wick/Bureau of Land ManagementTexas oil and gas billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks offered the BLM territory in and around the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (pictured above) in exchange for federal land within their N Bar Ranch in eastern-central Montana.

The Wilkses and their lobbyist met Zinke, a Montana native, last September.

Zinke said he’ll look… more

by: The Guardian

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California Aims for World’s Highest Farm Animal Welfare Law – March 7, 2018

New law would ban the sale of all eggs, pork, or veal from a caged animal, putting the state ahead of the EU – if campaigners can get enough signatures

They call Chris Winn the signatures guy. A delivery driver by day, he spends his free time drumming up support for animal rights. “When I did the shark fin ban I got 4,000 signatures,” says Winn, 53. “Usually I’m the top guy in California.”

Now he’s on a new mission. It’s a cold Saturday afternoon in San Francisco and Winn is jubilant, bundled in a hat and sweatshirt, scouting for signatories for a proposed law that would ban the sale of any eggs, pork or veal that comes from an animal that spent its life in a cage. If passed it would be the most progressive farm animal welfare law in… more

by: The Guardian

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‘Mega-Colonies’ of Penguins Discovered in Antarctica – March 2, 2018

Finding shows remote area is a vital refuge for wildlife and should be protected, scientists say

Huge “mega-colonies” of penguins have been discovered near the Antarctic peninsula, hosting more than 1.5 million birds. Researchers say it shows the area is a vital refuge from climate change and human activities and should be protected by a vast new marine wildlife reserve currently under consideration.

photo of penguinsPhoto by Michael Polito / Louisiana State University Researchers found that the Danger Islands have 751,527 pairs of Adélie penguins - more than the rest of the entire Antarctic Peninsula region combined. They include the third and fourth largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world.

The huge numbers of Adélie penguins were found on the… more

by: The Guardian

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Courts Call Out Trump’s Blitzkrieg on Environmental Rules – February 20, 2018

A cascade of courtroom standoffs are beginning to slow EPA rollbacks thanks to the administration’s ‘disregard for the law’

In its first year in office, the Trump administration introduced a solitary new environmental rule aimed at protecting the public from pollution. It was aimed not at sooty power plants or emissions-intensive trucks, but dentists.

photo of refineryPhoto by Thomas HawkThe EPA’s pro-fossil fuel agenda has rapidly run into a thicket of legal problems.

Every year, dentists fill Americans’ tooth cavities with an amalgam that includes mercury. About 5 tons of mercury, a dangerous toxin that can taint the brain and the nervous system, are washed away from dental offices down drains each year.

In Trump’s… more

by: The Guardian

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