Environment
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Kilauea erupts with anticlimactic ash column

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/17/18, 01:12 pm

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit early Thursday, shooting a plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky. The explosion happened at about 6 a.m. HST after two weeks of volcanic activity. More than a dozen fissures east of the crater already spewed lava into neighborhoods, destroying at least 26 homes and 10 other structures. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed May 11 in anticipation of a possible eruption, and officials said they didn’t expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people stayed out of the park.

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Old ‘legal person’ river

Environmentalism | Granting rights to nature only grants power to self-appointed guardians
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/10/18, 03:48 pm

Two months ago our electric co-op magazine reported on the efforts of volunteer linemen from Missouri to bring electric power to a remote village in the Bolivian Andes. It was no small effort. At 13,000 feet, with no auxiliary power, the volunteers set poles and strung lines while willing villagers dug placement holes by hand and helped lift heavy cables. All received their reward when a single bulb washed the village leader’s home with light. For the people of Chapasirca, life is brighter now.

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Legal battle launched against monument changes

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/05/17, 10:59 am

An environmental group filed the first of several expected lawsuits late Monday over President Donald Trump’s scaling down of two national monuments in Utah. The administration is reducing Bears Ears National Monument from 1.3 million acres to less than 202,000 acres and Grand Staircase–Escalante monument from nearly 1.9 million acres to about 1 million acres. Conservationists and Native American tribes say the decision puts at risk thousands of archaeological sites that have historical, scientific, and religious significance.

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