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Investing in nature's intrinsic value

Investing in nature's intrinsic value

Imagine a market where nature's preservation, not destruction, is profitable.

Lydia DePillis reports for The New York Times.

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A tangle of rules to protect America’s water is falling short

The Times asked all 50 states how they police the use of valuable groundwater. Their answers reveal why the country is draining and damaging its aquifers so rapidly.
mexico water desalination
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Arizona, low on water, weighs taking it from the sea. In Mexico

A $5 billion plan to desalinate seawater in Mexico and pipe it to Phoenix is testing the notion that desert cities can keep growing as the Earth warms.
California salmon stocks are crashing
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California salmon stocks are crashing. A fishing ban looks certain.

Scientists say alarming declines at the southern end of the fishes’ range may be a sign of what’s to come as waters warm farther north.
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Terry Tempest Williams: I am haunted by what I have seen at Great Salt Lake

Evaporation from heat and drought accelerated by climate change, combined with overuse of the rivers that feed it, have shrunk the lake’s area by two-thirds.

Biden creates two national monuments
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Biden creates two national monuments in the Southwest

The Spirit Mountain area in Nevada and Castner Range in Texas will be off limits to development.
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Are butterflies wildlife? Depends where you live in the U.S.

A legal quirk leaves officials in at least a dozen states with little or no authority to protect insects. That’s a growing problem for humans.