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Driven by Industry, More States Are Passing Tough Laws Aimed at Pipeline Protesters

More than 200 protesters have been arrested in Minnesota for trespassing on energy infrastructure as environmental and Indigenous activists continue to oppose the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. A growing number of states have passed or are considering bills that increase the penalty for trespassing on energy infrastructure. In Minnesota, a proposed bill would make such an offense punishable by up to five years in prison.

(Inside Climate News)

Biden Administration Will Not Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review

The Biden administration told a federal judge on Friday that it will not shut down the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline while an environmental review is conducted, a blow to the environmental and tribal groups that have rallied against the project for years, CNN reports. Opponents to the pipeline say it tramples on Indigenous rights and endangers the environment and climate.


France to Ban Shorter Domestic Flights Where Traveling by Train Is Available

French officials have voted to suspend domestic airline flights that can be made by train in less than two and a half hours as part of the country’s efforts to tackle climate change, the Guardian reports. President Emmanuel Macron’s climate committee had recommended banning flights where train rides could be made in less than four hours, leaving some to say the move doesn’t go far enough.

(The Guardian)

The First Native American Cabinet Secretary Visits the Land of Her Ancestors and Sees Firsthand the Obstacles to Compromise

Originally created by President Obama to honor a request by Native Americans, the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was reduced by 85 percent under the Trump administration. Now conservationists are looking to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the nation’s first Indigenous cabinet secretary, to restore the monument to its original size as the Biden administration reconsiders the issue.

(Inside Climate News)

Nervous North American Farmers Plan to ‘Seed in Faith’ as Drought Conditions Persist

Fields across the Canadian Prairies and the U.S. Northern Plains are among the driest on record, raising production risks in one of the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, Reuters reports. As planting season begins, farmers are planting their crops in dusty soils, where they fear seeds will fail to germinate or yield smaller batches in a year where canola supply is already at a record low.


Warming Trends: Mercury in Narwhal Tusks, Major League Baseball Heats Up and Earth Day Goes Online: Avatars Welcome

Major League Baseball is back after Covid shortened the 2020 season. But another global crisis could threaten America’s pastime—climate change. Also Earth Day is going virtual again. But this year, you can attend as a pixelated avatar and join in an online march, traveling through a digital landscape complete with trees, solar panels and bicycles. That and more in the latest Warming Trends.

(Inside Climate News)

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