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    Remarkable Drop in Colorado River Water Use a Sign of Climate Adaptation

    Remarkable Drop in Colorado River Water Use a Sign of Climate Adaptation

    By Brett Walton Use of Colorado River water in the three states of the river’s lower basin fell to a 33-year low in 2019, amid growing awareness of the precarity of the region’s water supply in a drying and warming climate. Arizona, California, and Nevada combined to consume just over 6.5 million acre-feet last year, […]

    Black Environmentalists Are Organizing to Save the Planet From Injustice

    Black Environmentalists Are Organizing to Save the Planet From Injustice

    By Rachel Ramirez “I can’t breathe.” These were among the final words that George Floyd and Eric Garner gasped before their deaths at the hands of white police officers. That plea has become part of the current rallying cry for racial justice and an end to police brutality in the U.S. But for black people […]

    Why America Needs Environmental Justice

    Why America Needs Environmental Justice

    By Jeff Berardelli In recent weeks, our nation has been forced to come to grips with the variety of ways in which inequality harms minority communities, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. A recent Harvard study concluded that air pollution — which is typically […]

    Ethiopia to Plant 5 Billion Tree Seedlings in 2020

    Ethiopia to Plant 5 Billion Tree Seedlings in 2020

    By Kimberly White Ethiopia has set out to plant 5 billion tree seedlings this year. The planting is part of the country’s larger reforestation initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Launched in 2019, the Green Legacy initiative aims to combat environmental degradation, build resilience, and transition into a green society. The nation has lost […]

    For Indigenous Protesters, Defending the Environment Can Be Fatal

    For Indigenous Protesters, Defending the Environment Can Be Fatal

    By Rachel Ramirez Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before […]

    Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Linked to Low Birthweight in Babies

    Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Linked to Low Birthweight in Babies

    By Nina Lakhani Living near active oil and gas wells during pregnancy increases the risk of low-birthweight babies, especially in rural areas, according to the largest study of its kind. Researchers analyzed the records of nearly 3 million births in California to women living within 6.2 miles (10km) of at least one oil or gas […]