Trump Plan to Sell Arctic Oil Leases Will Face Challenges

If lease sales happen in the final days of the Trump administration, they may face disputes in court or could be reversed by the Biden administration.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

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In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Trump’s Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don’t Always Add Up

Hidden financial records cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income.

#appraisals-and-valuation-property, #comedy-central, #cushmanwakefield-inc, #federal-taxes-us, #income-tax, #internal-revenue-service, #james-letitia, #land-use-policies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #philanthropy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j

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Europe Moves to Protect Nature, but Faces Criticism Over Subsidizing Farms

The proposal would protect 30 percent of the continent’s land and water by 2030.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity

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A Low-Income Quarter Needs to Grow. A Prized Forest Could Pay the Price.

With Jerusalem bursting at the seams, 5,000 new homes could wreck a popular getaway in the hills. “You don’t solve one social blight by creating another,” said one opponent of the project.

#israel, #jerusalem-israel, #land-use-policies, #urban-areas

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Alarmed by Scope of Wildfires, Officials Turn to Native Americans for Help

Indigenous groups have a long history of intentionally setting fires to keep ecosystems healthy. Policymakers are now more interested in the practice.

#california, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #wildfires

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Captain Chain Saw’s Delusion

The Amazon was never a “land without men.”

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #amazon-river-basin, #brazil, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government

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Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City

A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street. Our critic chats with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #eminent-domain, #ford-foundation, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #privately-owned-public-spaces, #real-estate-commercial, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zoning

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Trump, Calling Himself ‘the No. 1 Environmental President,’ Green Washes His Record

President Trump traveled to Florida to declare himself “a great environmentalist,” extending a moratorium on offshore oil drilling that his administration had moved to end.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #jupiter-fla, #land-use-policies, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Full Measure of America’s Farming and Food Crisis

In “Perilous Bounty,” Tom Philpott looks at the toll that industrial farming practices have taken on the health of the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #books-and-literature, #factory-farming, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #land-use-policies, #perilous-bounty-the-looming-collapse-of-american-farming-and-how-we-can-prevent-it-book, #philpott-tom-journalist

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How to Avoid a Post-Recession Feeding Frenzy by Private Developers

Using land trusts and land banks to develop distressed properties creates growth and equity.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreclosures, #land-use-policies, #mitchell-lama-projects, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #small-business, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.

#biodiversity, #china, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemics, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #lyme-disease, #nipah-virus, #quammen-david, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #walzer-christian, #wildlife-conservation-society, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next.

The 19th Amendment did not bring the right to vote to all Native women, but two experts in a conversation said it did usher in the possibility of change.

#2020-suffrage, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitution-us, #domestic-violence, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #native-americans, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #treaties, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Buried in N.J.’s Budget Cuts: a Break for a Billionaire

A stopgap budget with $4 billion in cuts also includes an opening for private development in state parks, like a long-desired expansion of a golf course into Liberty State Park.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughlin-craig-j-1958, #department-of-environmental-protection-nj, #golf, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #liberty-national-golf-club-jersey-city-nj, #liberty-state-park-nj, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pga-tour-inc, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #sweeney-stephen-m

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Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, the state is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

#animals, #appalachian-region, #coal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #kentucky, #land-use-policies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #patton-paul-e, #your-feed-science

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Homesteading Today: Living on Free Land

A few lucky homeowners have either inherited land obtained through homestead acts or have claimed property in modern free land programs.

#coachella-valley-calif, #denali-national-park-alaska, #deserts, #land-use-policies, #minnesota, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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‘Going in the Wrong Direction’: More Tropical Forest Loss in 2019

Brazil was responsible for more than a third of the total global loss in 2019.

#agriculture-and-farming, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #wildfires

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Border Wall Land Grabs Accelerate as Owners Shelter From Pandemic

With private property proving hard to acquire, the administration has stepped up efforts to secure land on the Mexican border for President Trump’s wall.

#border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #eminent-domain, #federal-lands, #immigration-and-emigration, #land-use-policies, #quarantines, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

For 50 years, Andy Beckstoffer drove up the price of wine. Did the strategy work too well?

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #beckstoffer-vineyards, #beckstoffer-andy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #land-use-policies, #luxury-goods-and-services, #millennial-generation, #napa-calif, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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Native Americans Paid for America’s Land-Grant Universities

Cornell, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and many more were created with wealth stolen from Indigenous people.

#colleges-and-universities, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #native-americans

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As Bolsonaro Keeps Amazon Vows, Brazil’s Indigenous Fear ‘Ethnocide’

President Jair Bolsonaro is moving aggressively to open up the Amazon rainforest to commercial development, posing an existential threat to the tribes living there.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #constitutions, #forests-and-forestry, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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