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The Southwest’s recent droughts are part of an historic megadrought; federal aid forgoes farmworkers; sleuths recover forgotten apple varieties; social distancing sets back fieldwork; and other environmental headlines from around the West.
In an about-face, the Trump Administration rules that a massive proposed mine in Alaska poses negligible risk to sockeye salmon; the impact of COVID-19 on California farmworkers grows more acute; details of the threat posed by the murder hornets from Asia; collaboration in rural Montana helps the landscape, and other environmental stories about the West.
California composting regulations; charges that Beluga whales are hurt by seismic blasting; climate change flooding risks; video gaming could impede Microsoft’s “carbon negative” pledge; and more environmental stories from around the West.
Opening once-protected national monument land to coal mining; closing Texas coal plants means cleaner air; Washington state looks to limit water bottling companies’ access to spring-fed water; the potential of printed batteries; and more environmental news from around the West.

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