Environment

A coyote walks in a snowy landscape

Tensions rise over coyote hunting contests in Wyoming

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Coyote hunting has been a part of society in the American West for decades, becoming a pastime in a region where the closest professional or college sports teams are a day’s journey away. Though state lawmakers protect these competitions, events are clouded in secrecy to avoid conflict with wildlife rights activists who hope to put an end to the bloodshed.

Tree shortage leaves East Palo susceptible to climate change

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Palo Alto, a city with a median annual income of $158,000, has tree canopy coverage as high as 25% in some neighborhoods, according to the Healthy Places Index. Trees occupy a fourth of the land within the city. Adjacent East Palo Alto, where three in four residents are either Black or Latino, has a median income of $67,000. HPI shows one neighborhood with canopy coverage of 12%. The rest have 6%.

Oil Drilling on California’s Federal Lands Set to Resume After 8 Years, Sets up Early Test of Biden Administration

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The Trump administration had gone ahead with plans to approve new oil drilling leases on public lands in California. The decision opened more than 1.5 million acres to drilling and ended an eight-year moratorium on federal land leasing in the state. The first seven parcels, 35 miles outside Bakersfield total 4,333.58 acres and are slated to go on sale Dec. 10.