California Asked to Protect Joshua Trees as Threatened Species

Between climate change and the Trump administration’s denial of federal protection this year, things look bleak for the iconic Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert. That’s why an environmental advocacy group on Tuesday asked California to step in and shield the species under state law.

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Lawsuits Pile Up Over EPA’s Green Light for Mine Near Pristine Alaskan Bay

A proposed open-pit gold and copper mine approved by the federal government faces considerable legal pushback from Alaskan environmental and fishing groups, claiming the project would taint the watershed for local wildlife, including starving the headwaters that sustain the world’s largest wild salmon run.

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Trump Agricultural Policies Roil Midwest Farmers

When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, Iowa farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his fields an hour south of Des Moines became less valuable, Miller saw long-term promise in Trump’s efforts to rebalance America’s trade relationship with Beijing.

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Oil Spill Risk Cited in Fight Over San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.

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