Environment & Climate Change

With 20 active fires in a single April day, N.M. braces for longer, more dangerous season

BY: - April 25, 2022

Caught between three wildfires, Adam Torres and his mother, Josephine, sped east on an empty northern New Mexico highway on Saturday afternoon, allowing themselves a breather only when towering pillars of smoke were finally in their rearview mirrors. They stopped their caravan of trucks and a trailer carrying four horses, 20 chickens and a cat, […]

People remained in Mora despite warnings that fire could destroy their town, rep. says

BY: - April 25, 2022

ESPAÑOLA VALLEY — As the massive fires in Northern New Mexico burned through more acres and emitted huge plumes of smoke into the sky this weekend, some people refused to leave their land and their farms, pinning their hopes on coming stormclouds and a promise of some precipitation.  Late Sunday, Northern New Mexicans forced to […]

Weather service warns of ‘dire’ fire risk today, citing high winds and drought

BY: - April 22, 2022

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a special warning Friday and through the weekend about fire risk, citing a perfect storm of weather conditions amid a climate-change-caused drought.  “We have a dire and very dangerous weather situation on our hands today,” said Todd Shoemake, an NWS meteorologist, during a briefing Friday morning.  Winds across […]

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

BLM opens lands back up to oil and gas leases

BY: - April 21, 2022

With a small post on the Bureau of Land Management website, the open sign to lease new mineral exploration on federal lands is back up. Notices for sale of oil and gas leases on public lands were posted this week following a judge’s order in 2021 that the Interior Department must begin auctions for land […]

Final decision on asphalt plant on Santa Fe’s South Side expected this summer

BY: - April 21, 2022

A final decision on whether an asphalt company can expand its operations on Santa Fe’s South Side is expected this summer, after community groups appealed the project’s approval by state environmental regulators and hundreds of local residents petitioned Monday for the decision to be overturned. Associated Asphalt and Materials, LLC in 2019 applied for a […]

Interior Department announces funding for tribal communities to address climate change

BY: - April 20, 2022

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding to address the unique impacts climate change has within their communities. “As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives, and livelihoods,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in […]

Don’t look away: Dr. Peter Kalmus on the United Nations’ latest climate report

BY: - April 15, 2022

Dr. Peter Kalmus looks like a taller, fitter version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Dr. Randall Mindy, in Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, last year’s climate change movie masquerading as a comet-cataclysm movie. Like DiCaprio’s character in the film written and directed by Adam McKay, Kalmus is also a scientist warning humanity of an impending global calamity, to little […]

Some cities and states say big oil should pay for climate damage

BY: - April 14, 2022

In the waning days of 2021, a grass fire broke out in Boulder County, Colorado. Fueled by extreme drought and high winds, the fire swept through the communities of Superior and Louisville. Within hours, it had destroyed more than a thousand structures—making the Marshall Fire the most destructive in the state’s history. The December fire […]

Boom or Bust: Oil industry hits North Dakota

BY: - April 11, 2022

NEW TOWN, North Dakota — Ed Danks had just completed first grade when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began flooding the Fort Berthold Reservation during the mid-1950s to create the manmade Lake Sakakawea. Danks remembers chasing a bouncing rubber ball down a slope near the family home when it rolled into the rising Missouri […]

Renewable Energy: Jobs of the future

BY: - April 8, 2022

The job market in Indian Country is tough. Edmond Salt knows that as well as anybody. A 42-year-old father of five and a Navajo citizen from Kayenta, Arizona, Salt once wanted one of the in-demand jobs with the local coal mine. While he managed to get a temporary job, Salt couldn’t snag a permanent position […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 7, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]