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    New Video Shows Damage Wrought by Trump’s Border Wall

    New Video Shows Damage Wrought by Trump’s Border Wall

    Drone footage of new border wall in New Mexico shows that the Trump administration’s border militarization is already damaging ecosystems and wildlife. Trump waived 25 laws that protect clean air, clean water, public lands and endangered wildlife to speed construction of 20 miles of new walls. The video, taken by the Center for Biological Diversity […]

    Border Wall Construction Imminent at Most Diverse Butterfly Center in U.S.

    Border Wall Construction Imminent at Most Diverse Butterfly Center in U.S.

    Construction equipment has arrived to build a border wall through the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a protected habitat for more than 200 species of wild butterflies and other unique wildlife. A planned 5.5 mile section of concrete and steel border wall that is already funded will cut off 70 percent of the 100-acre […]

    Could Trump’s Government Shutdown Cause Outbreaks of Wildlife Disease?

    Could Trump’s Government Shutdown Cause Outbreaks of Wildlife Disease?

    By Erica Cirino The current U.S. government shutdown could worsen ongoing wildlife disease outbreaks or even delay responses to new epidemics, according to federal insiders and outside experts who work with federal wildlife employees. The shutdown—initiated by the Trump administration on Dec. 22 over a financing dispute for the president’s promised southern border wall—has already […]

    A Literal Wall Expert Explains Why Trump’s Wall Won’t Even Work

    A Literal Wall Expert Explains Why Trump’s Wall Won’t Even Work

    President Donald Trump‘s unrelenting bid to build a wall on the southern border has not only held up much of the federal government for 24 days and counting, its construction could be devastating to the environment and local wildlife. Now, in a epic Facebook post shared more than 100,000 times, an actual structural and civil […]

    Joshua Tree National Park Will Stay Open After All

    Joshua Tree National Park Will Stay Open After All

    Joshua Tree National Park will not shut its gates after all as it works to recover from the effects of the ongoing government shutdown, the park announced Wednesday. “By immediately utilizing revenue generated by recreation fees, National Park Service officials have been able to avert a temporary closure of Joshua Tree National Park that had […]

    Joshua Tree Closes Temporarily to Repair Damage Caused During Shutdown

    Joshua Tree Closes Temporarily to Repair Damage Caused During Shutdown

    The government shutdown, now well into its third week, has taken a major toll on many iconic national parks, which have remained open to the public but severely understaffed. Now that toll is forcing one of them—Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California—to temporarily close its gates. “Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close effective […]

    As Shutdown Drags on, National Parks Will Use Entrance Fees to Take Out Trash

    As Shutdown Drags on, National Parks Will Use Entrance Fees to Take Out Trash

    As the government shutdown continues into a third week, the Interior Department has made the controversial and unprecedented decision to use visitor fees collected at national parks to help deal with the maintenance and safety issues that have emerged as iconic public lands remained open but understaffed when the government failed to pass a budget […]

    EPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

    EPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

    The partial government shutdown that began nearly a week ago is likely to drag into the New Year, CNN reported Friday. The House and Senate both met only briefly on Thursday and made no progress towards resolving the impasse between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump over $5 billion in spending for his proposed border […]