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Southern forests, European electricity?

Yep, you read that headline right. Across the beautiful, super-diverse and sometimes ancient woodlands of the southern US, entire forests are being leveled to feed European power plants. The driver is a loophole in European Union climate and clean energy law that prompted massive demand for wood pellets to fire…

The first rule of talking about nitrogen…

Who cares about nitrogen pollution? Chances are, you do. You just don’t know it yet. Nitrogen as an element is absolutely necessary to life, but as with so many essentials, you can have too much of a good thing. Excess nitrogen – from tailpipes, smokestacks and most seriously from manures…

Interview: Amy Marquis, The Digital Naturalist

If anyone knows about effective film and photography advocacy, it is Amy Marquis. In an effort to help others understand the world of digital advocacy, she created The Digital Naturalist in 2010, a website that examines the elements of what makes advocacy videos go viral or be a complete flop.…

Ready for Toxic Algae Season

Toxic algae – sometimes called harmful algal blooms – is a particular threat in the warm summer months, when polluted runoff from farms, feedlots, lawns and septic fields meets warm waters that allow dangerous algae growth to explode. For the second year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s…

Utah: A window to the West

The media frenzy created twice now by the actions of extremist attitudes has painted a story about conflict and public lands that a lot of folks across the country are tempted to buy into because it satisfies their fuzzy notions about the romantic West. Unfortunately, while the mindset of Cliven…

White House Champions of Change: Celebrando

On March 18, 2014, Resource Media partners Azul and Latino Outdoors were present at the White House “Champions of Change” Leaders in Conservation event, honoring those that are engaging “the next generation of environmental conservationist”. Marce Gutiérrez, founder-director of Azul and Program Director at Resource Media, and José González, founder-director of Latino Outdoors, were nominated and…

Calming winds amidst the Nevada ranching storm

Along with the dust and tumbleweeds, there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around Gold Butte, Nev. these days. And when you combine that with myopic right-wing ideology, guns and the reach and speed of social media, that manure gets flung across the country, and the Internet, pretty darn fast. Much…

Update: Fracking still impacting property values, property rights across America

Last fall, Resource Media compiled an in-depth media tipsheet to provide journalists with background information and sources about the growing body of evidence linking drilling with widespread impacts on property values, property rights and quality of life in communities across America. Since we first published Drilling vs. The American Dream,…

Drilling vs. the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values

There are currently more than 1.1 million active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 15 million Americans now live within a mile of the hundreds of thousands that have been drilled since 2000, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Made possible by…

Farm bill quid pro quo

On February 7, after nearly three long years, President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law. It’s a big deal – nearly $1 trillion big – covering everything from crop insurance to food stamps to research and rural development. And while it’s hard to find anyone who likes everything…