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Shasta Dam, above, has lost at least a third of its generating capacity due to California's drought.

Brown is the new green in California as the state’s historic drought forces residents and policymakers to reevaluate their relationships with water. Dryscaping and succulents are now trendy, I buy almonds with more shame than gossip magazines, and my coworker has a shower timer named “Jerry Brown” in honor of the governor’s water-saving ways.

Cecil the lion at photographed at Hwange National Park.

A hunter shoots down a rare, protected apex predator sporting a radio collar for study. Claiming his actions are legal, the hunter sparks a firestorm of criticism and renewed debate about protections for imperiled species. The animal I’m talking about is Cecil the lion, lured out of the protected habitat of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe where he was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter J. Palmer for sport.

Distortions and misinformation are key tactics in polluters' efforts to avoid cleaning up their pollution.

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution. Distortions and misinformation is a key tactic in their effort to avoid cleaning up their pollution. Here's a look at three of those distortions:

66 percent of Latinos live in areas where the air is not up to the federal government’s safe air quality standards.

This is a guest blog by Irene Vilar. She is the founder of The Americas for Conservation and the Arts, the mother organization of The Americas Latino Festival and the first nonprofit literary agency in the U.S., Vilar Creative Agency, dedicated to the dissemination of minority literature of the Americas.

A coal train traveling through Appalachia.

In the land of black gold, you either mine coal or you leave. Skylines have crumbled under the bombardment of mountaintop removal, and once-pristine springs have been turned to acid. Still, the coal machine barrels on in “Blood on the Mountain,” a 2014 documentary by Mari-Lynn C. Evans, Jordan Freeman and Phylis Geller.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a program to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector in nine states.

The Clean Power Plan, the EPA’s safeguard to rein in carbon pollution from its largest domestic source, coal-fired power plants, has taken more than its share of criticism and attacks from the courts, Congress and industry since it was unveiled last year. But a recent study provides solid evidence in favor of the plan based on a large-scale project that successfully reduced carbon pollution and could be used as a reference and inspiration for state and regional efforts to comply with the Clean Power Plan.  

The Tongass National Forest, Alaska

I’m elated to tell you about a huge victory that will maintain protection for the roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in a rare, 11-judge en banc court, ruled that Bush-era action exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule is invalid. Yesterday’s decision will ensure that the roadless portions of the Tongass—the largest and wildest national forest in the U.S.—will be protected from new road-building and logging.


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