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2023 in Native environmental news

In 2023, the complexity of the environmental issues that impact Native communities took center stage. The unique legal, political and economic hurdles tribal nations face in protecting their land, water, air — and people — became vividly apparent.

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Klamath River dam removal hopes to undo decades of ecological destruction

The largest-ever dam removal is underway, a milestone in the nation’s reckoning over its past attempts to bend nature to human will.
Hydropower eyes bigger energy role

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

In southwestern Pennsylvania, eight locks and dams that for decades helped barges move goods along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers will in a few years also generate enough power for 75,000 homes.

This unsung aquatic hero could get a big boost from dam removals

This unsung aquatic hero could get a big boost from dam removals

Freshwater mussels are some of the most imperiled species in North America. Experts say we can change that by rethinking our infrastructure.
Colorado River water issues

‘What we need is multiple solutions’ to solve water crisis

A major conference on Colorado River water issues last week in Las Vegas revealed signs of progress in protecting the West’s dwindling water supply, notably a new agreement between Nevada, Arizona and California that will ease the burden on Lake Mead.
Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra joins Host Bobby Bascomb to talk about a plan by Indigenous groups in Peru and Ecuador to protect 80% of the Amazon in those nations; a hidden gem in the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill that will help salmon swim free; and in history, a look back to a deadly fog in London.

Jacques Leslie: As warming and drought increase, a new case for ending big dams

Jacques Leslie: As warming and drought increase, a new case for ending big dams

The argument against major hydropower projects — ravaged ecosystems and large-scale displacement of people — is well known. But dam critics now say that climate change should spell the end of big hydropower.

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