Resilient Wildlands & Communities

Protecting the American West hinges on our world’s ability to not exceed dangerous climate tipping points beyond which our wildlands and communities would face severe degradation.

Judge: Seattle kids can move ahead with climate rights case

12/20/2016

SEATTLE (AP) — Eight Seattle children should have “their day in court” to argue that Washington state and others aren’t protecting them from climate change, a judge ruled.

King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill on Monday allowed the young petitioners to move ahead in their case against the state, writing that “it is time for these youth to have the opportunity to address their concerns in a court of law, concerns raised under statute and under the state and federal constitutions.”

Report: Living near oil & gas emissions increases cancer risk

6/16/2016

More than 145,000 New Mexicans who live within a half-mile of oil and gas operations face a higher risk of cancer and respiratory diseases, according to data from a new mapping project.

National Forest in Arizona Challenged to Protect Wildlife from Motorized Uses (Press Release 1/25/16)

Suit Filed to Stop Excessive Cross-Country Travel by Motor Vehicles

Four conservation groups, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed suit today against the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, aiming to protect wildlife and cultural resources from motorized cross-country travel. At issue are decisions in Travel Management Plans to allow motor vehicles to travel up to one mile off of all open roads. Less than 10 percent of the forest remains free from motorized vehicles as a result of the decisions.

Governor Inslee Meets with the Kids Who Sued the State Over Climate Goals (News 7/17/15)

Today, Governor Jay Inslee met with a group of kid climate activists currently suing Washington State over its carbon emissions goals.

Sacred Lands Ban in Court (News 7/13/15)

7/13/2015
Environmental groups make their case against BLM's permitting practices

A judge is due to hear arguments today in Albuquerque in a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s approach of issuing one oil and gas development permit at a time, rather than considering the cumulative effects of all the wells in an area on public health, the environment and cultural resources.

Plaintiffs include San Juan Citizens Alliance, WildEarth Guardians, the National Resources Defense Council and Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, being represented by attorneys from the Western Environmental Law Center and WildEarth Guardians.

Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area (News 6/30/15)

6/30/2015

Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a century trying to unravel those mysteries and more work needs to be done.

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