EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
Our nation’s darker past and bright ideas can both be found in the parks.
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
Lawmakers see hemp legalization and conservation funding as the big wins.
Republicans tout hemp’s potential
Republicans tout hemp’s potential
The crop could be a lifeline for struggling agricultural communities.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
(Most) of those living in the West have the public lands’ best interest at heart.
California governor apologizes to tribal nations for past atrocities
California governor apologizes to tribal nations for past atrocities
‘It’s called genocide. There’s no other way to describe it.’
Oregon Republicans are hiding to avoid a climate-bill vote
Oregon Republicans are hiding to avoid a climate-bill vote
This is the second time the group of state lawmakers have walked out this year.
Already gone: a profile of Muscogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo
Already gone: a profile of Muscogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo
The author of She Had Some Horses and In Mad Love and War discusses her new memoir, Crazy Brave.
Job Corps program benefits communities, at-risk youth, disaster relief
Job Corps program benefits communities, at-risk youth, disaster relief
Trump administration efforts to privatize and close centers met bipartisan pushback.
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
Interior secretary blames Congress for his inaction on climate change
Interior secretary blames Congress for his inaction on climate change
There’s no law to make him address the climate and biodiversity crises, David Bernhardt said: ‘You guys come up with the shalls.’
NOAA’s university partners tackle climate change research
NOAA’s university partners tackle climate change research
Despite the Trump administration’s attacks on science, collaborators continue their studies.
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
North of San Francisco, a well-heeled community has its privilege tested.
The hidden consequences of New Mexico’s latest oil boom
The hidden consequences of New Mexico’s latest oil boom
Carlsbad residents are experiencing health impacts, but the science behind their woes lags behind the pace of drilling.
Gun-safety debate reaches Montana’s Supreme Court
Gun-safety debate reaches Montana’s Supreme Court
The politically charged case could give cities the power to curb high rates of gun violence.
Western states work to shore up abortion access
Western states work to shore up abortion access
‘State laws might become the law of the land.’
The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
Saturday’s election in the largest Native American tribe could shape policy and law in tribal communities across the country.
Where water is life, many on the Pine Ridge Reservation go thirsty
Where water is life, many on the Pine Ridge Reservation go thirsty
A pipeline’s promise is fulfilled for white ranchers while tribal communities are left waiting.
Public lands top Rep. Debra Haaland’s agenda
Public lands top Rep. Debra Haaland’s agenda
One of the first Native American women elected to Congress is fighting fossil fuel development on ‘the most pristine and beautiful places in our country.’
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Energy industry lobbying could lead to more mining from Bears Ears to Wyoming.
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