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War in the Woods restarting in British Columbia?

From Forest Action Network Nine arrested this month on Mt. Elphinstone Resistance is escalating in the old-growth forests of the Sunshine Coast, from blockades to tree-sits to a burning barricade. For decades, residents have used almost every strategy in the book to protect wildlife and their drinking watersheds. But the clearcut logging continues under the … Continue reading War in the Woods restarting in British Columbia?

Aspen trees in La Sals stricken with leaf blight

Editor’s note: Ongoing climate change and drought due to industrial civilization are having a cumulative negative effect on aspen trees of the intermountain west.  The world we live in is changing right before our eyes.   by Eric Trenbeath, Moab Sun News September 19, 2015 Golden quaking aspen leaves won’t be making an especially grand appearance … Continue reading Aspen trees in La Sals stricken with leaf blight

Why the Mountain

Why any mountain? Appalachian mountains, destroyed by mountaintop removal streams buried under rubble of valley fills… … who are we, humankind to remodel the flesh of this earth – – cutthroat surgeons sinfully rich reshaping mounds and curves… Tainting soil and groundwater toxic metals selenium sulphate magnesium degrading water quality of streams and rivers left … Continue reading Why the Mountain

Sacred Mountain near Columbia River Threatened

From the website Roundhouse Talk: Tucked within the 1,000-page defense bill passed by the Senate last week is a provision that would open the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain — a site considered sacred by members of the Yakama Nation — to the public. The mountain, known as “Laliik” in Yakama, lies in the Hanford Reach … Continue reading Sacred Mountain near Columbia River Threatened

Jaguar tracks found in the Santa Ritas, says conservation group and UA geneticist

Original post by Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star It’s been known for well over a year now that a jaguar has been photographed in the Santa Rita Mountains, near the proposed Rosemont Mine site. But only a little more than a week ago, volunteers for the Tucson conservation group Sky Island Alliance found and photographed the … Continue reading Jaguar tracks found in the Santa Ritas, says conservation group and UA geneticist

Major tree clearing and timber sale planned for Rosemont Mine

Original article by Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star Close to 300,000 trees, mostly junipers and oaks, would likely be cleared on public land in the Santa Rita Mountains if the proposed Rosemont Mine is built. Clearing those trees will be controversial, but at this moment, it’s not known what will happen to them afterward. The U.S. … Continue reading Major tree clearing and timber sale planned for Rosemont Mine

Is the US Forest Service Trying to Help a Cash-Strapped Canadian Mining Company?

Original post by Maureen Nandini Mitra, Earth Island Journal Agency has been attempting to speed up decision-making on proposed Rosemont copper mine in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest, say activists The US Forest Service seems to have been unusually eager to help a Canadian mining company with a dubious track record and financial troubles set up … Continue reading Is the US Forest Service Trying to Help a Cash-Strapped Canadian Mining Company?

State Board Sued for Upholding Rosemont Water Permit

Original article by Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star. Opponents of the proposed Rosemont Mine have filed suit, seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater protection permit to mine owners Rosemont Copper Co. The permit allows the company to discharge materials if it can show it’s using the best available technology to keep pollutants … Continue reading State Board Sued for Upholding Rosemont Water Permit

Public Interest Versus Private Greed (Rosemont Copper Mine)

Original post by Frances Causey, The Huffington Post The refrain is all too common these days. The democratic and regulatory process circumvented in favor of big business interests at the expense of practically everything else. Think “Too Big To Fail Banks” — the big banks produced record profits last quarter and yet our banking system, … Continue reading Public Interest Versus Private Greed (Rosemont Copper Mine)

151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

By Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth’s largest rainforest, warns a comprehensive study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Scouring … Continue reading 151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology