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The Asian Elephant Vanishes: Once Revered Animal Becomes Consumer Product

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Jul 18, 2014

In Asia, there's an ongoing irony that deepens as the natural world dwindles to the size of a parking lot. Wild animals, once revered and assigned all kinds of spiritual meaning, are increasingly ending up as the main entrée or as decorations for the rich.

Navajo Nation Declares State of Emergency Over Water Shortages

Feb 06, 2013

The Navajo Nation is facing such severe water shortages due to frozen waterlines, run-down water storage containers and weather-damaged water systems that President Ben Shelly has declared a state of emergency for the reservation.He signed an emergency resolution on Friday...

From Activist to EPA: Tejada Ready to "Speak Truth" about Environmental Justice

Jan 24, 2013

Editor's note: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is turning to a Houston activist to lead the fight against environmental injustices around the country. Matthew Tejada has been tapped as the EPA's new Director for the Office of Environmental Justice. As...

Sandy Signaled Disastrous Century. Will U.S. Adapt to Climate Change?

Jan 17, 2013

Editor’s Note: As the U.S. Senate takes up the $50 billion disaster-relief appropriation for victims of Superstorm Sandy, climate experts, such as Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law At Columbia University, are signaling that policymakers need...

Navajo Group Proposes Solar Project on Black Mesa

Jan 04, 2013

PINON, Ariz. – A community group here would like to tap into the potential to generate solar power on Black Mesa. The proposal from Black Mesa Water Coalition was brought to the Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee on...

Climate Science Makes an 11th-Hour Comeback in 2012

Dec 31, 2012

This was the year climate change vanished from the political agenda—and then suddenly reappeared, after Hurricane Sandy shook the country.It was just a few years ago that President Obama flew to Copenhagen to rescue faltering climate-treaty talks amid bipartisan calls...

Fate of Coal Plant Sparks Controversy in Navajo Nation

Dec 14, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part two of a two part series on the environmental impact of Arizona's Navajo Generating Station on the health of local tribes.  Part one can be read here.KAYENTA, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is a sprawling...

Fate of Coal-Fueled Power Plant Sparks Controversy in Navajo Nation

Dec 12, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part two of a two part series on the environmental impact of Arizona's Navajo Generating Station on the health of local tribes.  Part one can be read here.KAYENTA, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is a sprawling...

An Energy Revolution on the Navajo Reservation

Dec 10, 2012

KAYENTA, Ariz. –When millions of residents in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles flip a light or turn on a faucet, they’re likely unaware of the connection to the Black Mesa coal mine, located on the Navajo Reservation.It’s an...

Colombia's Cities Risk Deluge From Changes in Andes Climate

Dec 04, 2012

BOGOTÁ – Half a mile above this city of almost eight million is a rugged, fog-shrouded world, silent except for the trickle of water and whispering wind pushing through the treeless tundra. This is Chingaza, a national park 40 miles...

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