Michael Kodas: Wildfires at your doorstep
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Michael Kodas: Wildfires at your doorstep

More than one-third of American homes are in what firefighters call the “wildland urban interface,” where they risk burning in wildfires.

Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Public Land Order 7917, which protects areas of the Superior National Forest from federal geothermal and mineral extraction leases for the next 20 years.
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Student project tracking microplastics found in Bering Strait-area spotted seals

Tiny plastic bits found in the stomachs of spotted seals harvested by village hunters show how microplastics have spread in the ocean.

New legislative session brings opportunities for bold climate action, advocates say

Offshore wind power, public transportation, the right to a healthy environment and taking on the fossil fuel industry are all on the docket for lawmakers this session, among other priorities.

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Proposed changes to Alberta's oilsands mine cleanup fund are risky and rushed, critics caution

Alberta is preparing to change how it ensures oilsands companies are able to pay for the mammoth job of cleaning up their operations, but critics fear a year of consultations hasn't been enough to avoid repeating past mistakes.
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