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Rare earth

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Rare earth
By Mountain West News • Issue #254 • View online

There're 'critical minerals' in them thar hills
USGS, Rio Tinto to search for critical minerals in Montana's Boulder Batholith
In Colorado, locals question a critical-mineral survey
Supply-chain disruptions encourage Rio Tinto to mine its own sludge for critical minerals
Plans to dig the biggest lithium mine in the U.S. face mounting opposition
Cobalt mine slated for Salmon-Challis Forest
USGS proposal yanks uranium from critical minerals list
How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side
Going, going...
2021 was a bad year for glaciers in western North America—and it's about to get much worse
Northwest glaciers are melting. What that means to Indigenous ‘salmon people’
How one Northwest tribe aims to keep its cool as its glaciers melt
Alberta glacier suffered record melt this year—but researchers suggest it will get worse
Mt. Shasta's glaciers are disappearing
I traveled the world to witness the end of winter
Infrastructure infusions
Congressional infrastructure deal brings $8B in climate, water projects to the West
The new infrastructure bill will fund pollution cleanup. But will it hold polluters accountable?
Power lines are infrastructure bill's big climate win
$10 billion for PFAS, other contaminants in infrastructure bill
Congress appropriates $3.3 billion for wildland fire
Infrastructure bill makes first major U.S. investment in climate resilience
Dispatches from the energy transition
Biggest U.S. coal plant, a Powder River Basin customer, will cut generation in half
Closing a coal-fired power plant in Pueblo to meet Colorado climate goals is easier said than done
Canadian coal miners balk at export ban announcement
North Dakota coal sector sees opportunity in electric vehicles
How the Pacific Northwest is trying to build a reliable grid in a changing climate
Will the climate crisis force America to reconsider nuclear power?
What else we're reading today
As Lake Powell shrinks, the Colorado River is coming back to life
National parks face tough calls battling climate change
Colorado agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But first they exempted the biggest polluters.
Prescribed burns are key to reducing wildfire risk, but federal agencies are lagging
BLM, USFS digitize easements, many of which provide public access
In Wyoming, BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over grouse concerns
The battle against lake trout: Yellowstone park biologists find Mother Nature a powerful foe
The EPA could learn a thing or two from New Mexico's methane rules
Alberta losing PR fight to anti-oil-sands groups, says head of inquiry
How an Arizona rancher is searching for a better cow
The last Aspen ski bums are about to get evicted
Climate pledges built on flawed emissions data, Post investigation finds
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, fellow in regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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