Native American Youth Sues Governor Janice Brewer Over Failure to Combat Climate Change


Anyone who has looked into the matter honestly knows that global warming and climate change severely threaten young generations. As reported a few times previously, some members of that young generation are pushing for action now, through legal action.

Youth Plaintiff Goes to Court Seeking Climate Change Protection (press release)

Government’s failure to act is endangering the well-being of future generations

July 10, 2012 update: Read news of Jaime's appeal.

Native American Youth Continues Her Courageous Fight To Compel Climate Change Action (press release 7.10.12)

After losing her case in trial court, 11-year-old Jaime Lynn Butler appeals to the Arizona Court of Appeals

Jaime Lynn Butler, an 11-year-old and member of the Navajo Nation filed an opening appeal brief late yesterday in her case against the state of Arizona seeking climate change action.  She may not be old enough to drink, vote or drive a car, but Jaime is old enough to recognize the danger of the government’s inaction on climate change.

Suit Filed Against Expansion of Navajo Coal Mine Polluting Four Corners Region (press release 5.16.12)

Federal Approval Ignores Human Health and Environmental Impacts

After decades of coal pollution from the 2040-megawatt Four Corners Power Plant and BHP Billiton’s 13,000-acre Navajo Coal Mine that supplies it, Navajo and conservation groups filed suit late yesterday against the federal government for improperly rubber-stamping a proposal to expand the strip mine, which is already more than 20 square miles, by hundreds of acres without full consideration of the mine’s damage and risks to health and the environment. 

WELC Victory! Court denies attempt by Gov. Martinez and PNM to stall pollution controls for coal-burning plant (press release 3.01.12)


A federal court ruled today that PNM must comply with a decision last fall requiring the utility to install pollution controls to significantly cut the 16,000 tons a year of harmful haze-, ozone-, and fine particle-producing nitrogen pollution that pours from the smokestacks each year at the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M.

Environmental groups join San Juan Generating Station appeal


Environmental groups on Tuesday filed a motion to intervene in a case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that San Juan Generating Station must install new pollution control technology.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver approved the motion to intervene, so the environmental groups will be able to present their position to the court.

Ensuring Survival of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

The Southwest Willow flycatcher, a small migratory bird barely 6 inches long, is on the verge of extinction. As early as 1995, the Flycatcher was listed as endangered and an ensuing plan was hatched to protect and preserve it.

The flycatcher travels throughout the Southwest and nests in riparian (streamside) habitats where there is running water and dense growths of trees. Its Latin name means “mosquito king,” and its ability to control insects is an essential function benefiting people as well as plant life.

Feds propose more critical habitat for flycatcher


Great news for the endangered SW willow flycatcher! In response to WELC's lawsuit, FWS proposed to increase critical habitat for the tiny bird from the original plan of 730 river miles to 2,090 river miles. Now, habitat necessary for the flycatcher’s recovery will be shaped by science, not politics.

Click here to read the news article.

Environmental Lawyers Praise Slain Ariz. Judge


In 2009, a federal judge ruled that a vague potential threat of violence against ranchers was not sufficient cause to withhold GPS data about the killing and capture of wolves in Arizona.

The judge in question was John M. Roll of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, one of six killed during Saturday's attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). A suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody...

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