Population and car traffic are growing, oil and gas drillers set up more suburban operations, and summer wildfire smoke blows in from across the West. Sunlight cooks the emissions stew over the metro area and wedge the mix against the foothills.

The number of days where Colorado officials have called an “air quality action day,” meaning children and vulnerable populations are advised to avoid outdoor exertion, have risen from 18 in 2014 to 55 last year. ** Going along with fossil fuel dependent utilities and coal, oil and gas companies also mean shortened lives within Indigenous, Black, brown, and low-income communities, …

Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine

By Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, 26 May 2020 Mining company was given permission to blast Juukan Gorge cave, which provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners This cave in the Juukan Gorge, dubbed Juukan 2, was destroyed in a mining blast on Sunday. Consent was given through outdated Aboriginal heritage laws drafted in 1972. Photograph: The Puutu Kunti Kurrama …

The Real Welfare Queens: Walmart is one of the top 4 employers of SNAP and Medicaid beneficiaries in every state. McDonald’s was in the top 5 in 9 states

November 19, 2020 by Common Dreams ‘The Real Looting in America Is the Walton Family’: GAO Report Details How Taxpayers Subsidize Cruel Low Wages of Corporate Giants “I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to the government study he commissioned. “Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour.”by Jon Queally, …

Links to how bike-friendly slow streets are changing cities

How bike-friendly ‘slow streets’ are changing cities, BBC, Nov 19, 2020 by Mark Johanson Moving around Bogotá can be a bit of a Jekyll-or-Hyde experience. On one hand, the city is infamous for having the world’s worst traffic. Yet, on the other, its cycling infrastructure is considered an exemplary model of sustainable urban mobility, according to the Copenhagenize Index, which ranks bike-friendly …

Community land trusts allow West Denver homeowners to stay in place, in their communities, build an ADU or pay down their mortgage

Help is available for west Denver homeowners struggling to stay in their homes, Donna Bryson, Denverite, Nov. 19, 2020 A new program, Stay in Place, allows them to sell the land under their homes into a land trust and use the cash to pay down their mortgages said West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Director Renee Martinez-Stone. They can sell the land …

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …

CCS masquerading as a climate solution

November 2020 update CCS masquerades as climate solution while locking us into fossil fuels and increasing emissions, not to mention diverting public dollars that could be better used to help facilitate a just and equitable transition off fossil fuels. The Scary Politics of Capturing Carbon from Coal: Why climate advocates say funding the unproven technology is a costly mistake ~ Judith Lewis …

Protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030

S. Res. 372: The 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature Human survival depends on the natural ecosystems around us – for clean air and water, medicine, outdoor recreation, energy, food, economic growth, and more. Right now, the world is facing two dual, existential crises: the climate crisis, and a rapidly accelerating nature crisis. These crises are interconnected – and we cannot …