Land and Water

Human health standard upheld, rebuffing challenges that it is overprotective A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in late August 2019 affirms AMC and others’ claims that the 2015 ozone standard left forests under-protected. The court sent portions of the rule back to the EPA where they must…

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We received some heated letters in response to our spring issue’s combination of apolitical commentary and evidence-based environmental reporting. I’m grateful to the magazine’s editor in chief, Jennifer Wehunt, for printing a few of them over the summer. While I never enjoy seeing words like “insidious” and “absurdity” used as descriptors for our environmental advocacy work,…

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Terri Werning’s biggest fear while hiking isn’t elevation, bears, or losing the trail. It’s men. Werning, 47, who has completed several sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT) over the past four years, says that were she to be attacked by a man while hiking in a remote area, she easily could be overpowered. It’s why,…

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One million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction, according to a United Nations report released in May, and we humans bear much of the blame. Climate change, overfishing, pollution, and urban expansion are all threatening Earth’s biodiversity, and with it our own food security, health, and quality of life, according to…

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Amid growing recognition that younger Americans will face human-made climate crises not of their creation, a Connecticut lawmaker says all children in her state should learn not only what climate change is but what they can do to address it. Rep. Christine Palm (D–Chester), a former journalist and high school teacher, sponsored a 2019 bill…

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First, it was #SaveLWCF. Now, it’s #FundLWCF. With the signing of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Recreation, and Management Act on March 12, the U.S. Congress and President Trump permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF. The March bill did not, however, permanently fund LWCF—a program that is popular across the…

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From its headwaters in Crawford Notch, N.H., the Saco River flows 130 miles to Oxford County, Maine, and on into the Atlantic Ocean. With gentle water in some places and fast-paced rapids in others, there’s a section of river for everyone—and we do mean everyone. Known as the floating tailgate party, the Saco gets a…

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Evidence that the Clean Air Act works can be found in the clouds. Every summer the AMC sets up a low-tech cloud catcher on the slope of Mount Washington and we have accumulated a dataset unlike any other.  Clouds are “caught” when they pass through the sample box and cloud water precipitates onto a bank…

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For more than three decades, Rhode Island’s state parks, forests, beaches, and campsites have been Jeff Ulricksen’s playground. But Ulrickson, the communications chair for AMC’s Narragansett Chapter and a volunteer with its trails committee, has observed changes in his beloved public lands—and not for the better. “You constantly come across old structures, camps, picnic areas,…

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If you’ve seen any of Winslow Homer’s maritime paintings, you’ve likely seen the view from Prouts Neck.  Homer, the famed landscape painter who grew up just outside of Boston, moved to the southern Maine peninsula in 1883, where he stayed off and on until his death in 1910. Many of his paintings were landscapes of…

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