10 in 2 - Week of January 15th - just in case the court disagrees

  1. Today is that day that citizens can start staking claims on sections of bears Ears national monument. The Bureau of Land Management has officially begun to move forward with allowing stakeholders to claim plots of land, and has determined the process will be governed by the General Mining Law of 1872, which covers mining for metals such as copper, gold, silver, and uranium. There are no environmental guidelines specific to hard rock mining, and no requirement to pay a royalty. (alternet)

  2. Chevron is suing another oil company for causing climate change. Last year, Oakland sued the American oil company and four others for billions of dollars, to pay for sea walls and other measures to protect the city from the impacts of global warming. Chevron says it hasn’t caused climate change and shouldn’t have to pay—but just in case the court disagrees, then they want Statoil, Norway’s state-owned oil company, to have to pay up, too. (New Republic)

  3. Long strips of bright wildflowers are being planted through crop fields to boost the natural predators of pests and potentially cut pesticide spraying. The strips were planted on 15 large arable farms in central and eastern England last autumn and will be monitored for five years, as part of a trial run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). (The Guardian)

  4. As the Trump administration looks to open up the Atlantic Ocean up to oil and gas drilling, New Jersey and New York are racing forward to develop offshore wind energy projects that would generate significant amounts of power and create thousands of clean energy jobs. (ThinkProgress)

  5. A concrete dome holding the radioactive waste of 43 nuclear explosions is leaking into the ocean. The Enewetak Atoll was used by the US government to test 30 megatons of weapons - equivalent to 2,000 Hiroshima blasts - between 1948 and 1958. A vet from the cleanup team is claims that the dome is just one typhoon away from a even more serious breach. (express.co.uk)

  6. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink on Tuesday sent a letter to CEOs of public companies outlining his expectation that they start accounting for their effect on society. "Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose," (Business Insider)

  7. The slaughter of people defending their land or environment continued unabated in 2017, with new research showing almost four people a week were killed worldwide in struggles against mines, plantations, poachers and infrastructure projects. The toll of 197 in 2017 – which has risen fourfold since it was first compiled in 2002 – underscores the violence on the frontiers of a global economy driven by expansion and consumption. (The Guardian)

  8. Ultraviolet blocking chemicals in sunscreen have been linked with a variety of environmental harms, most notably coral bleaching.  But recently, scientists have created bacteria that produce the key ingredient for environmentally friendly sunscreens thanks to gene modification, which I’m sure will have zero unintended consequences.  Regardless, I’m here for it. (independent.co.uk)

  9. Chile has declared the start of their coal power phase-out. President Michelle Bachelet says the country will not build new coal plants without carbon capture and begin talks to replace existing capacity with cleaner sources. (Climate Change News)

  10. In more excellent Chilean news, on a subject we have talked about a ton on this podcast, but, now it is official. On Monday, President Bachelet signed into law the historic creation of 5 new national parks spanning 10.3 million acres. This is the culmination of decades of work by Kristine Tompkins and her late husband Doug who have poured their lives into purchasing, rewilding, and then donating large swaths of land in the name of conservation. (NYT)

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