Tag: Land Use Policies

After a Caribbean Hurricane, the Battle Is Where, or Even Whether, to Rebuild

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. SAINT-MARTIN, French West Indies — In the debris that had once been furniture and a roof were the vestiges of a holiday home: a cluster of […]

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Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this Amazon town’s news website announcing a “Day of Fire,” to be started on August 10. The post suggested a coordinated criminal effort among local landowners and cattle ranchers to burn newly cleared rainforest — much of it on public land. The […]

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Barred From Owning Land, Rural Chinese Miss Spoils of Country’s Success

XIAOXI, China — Every year, the message is the same: the government will fix China’s left-behind countryside through a raft of reforms. This year was no different, with measures meant to help farmers move to cities, educate their children, and invest in improving their land. But every year, the gap between village and city remains […]

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Fires Rage in Indonesia, Turning the Sky Red

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. Dense white smoke filled the air across Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, the two areas that were hardest hit. […]

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As an Ohio City Struggles, Some See Salvation in a Prairie

DAYTON, Ohio — The 140-acre Paul E. Knoop Jr. Prairie in Dayton has become something of an inkblot test. Some see a field that could be repurposed for commercial use to bring a much needed economic boost to a struggling Rust Belt city. Others view it as an irreplaceable ecosystem that is part of Dayton’s […]

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The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — This affluent enclave on the East End of Long Island is steeped in eco-conscious pride, with strict water quality and land preservation rules and an abundance of electric cars on the roads. So at first, […]

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Mugabe Is Dead, but Big Man Politics Lives On

The death of Robert Mugabe, the 95-year-old former president of Zimbabwe, on Friday elicited a mixed and somewhat subdued response from Zimbabweans, in part because he had already suffered his political death after being overthrown by the military in 2017. Zimbabweans had celebrated the end of Mr. Mugabe’s 37-year-rule with enthusiasm on the streets and […]

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How Canadians Raised $2.3 Million to Save 2,000 Pristine Acres

The students in a fifth-grade class at Cambridge Elementary School in British Columbia, Canada were on an environmental mission in June. At their annual summer fair, they sold food, crafts, games and face-painting sessions to help save an expanse of forest from the chain saw. Their efforts, and those of hundreds of other people, have […]

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Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet beef demand in China. Deforestation at breakneck rates is depleting vast expanses of Amazon forest contained in South American countries neighboring Brazil. […]

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Humans Dominated Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought

Humans substantially altered the planet much earlier than previously thought, a worldwide collection of archaeological experts reported Thursday. By 3,000 years ago, the experts wrote in Science magazine, the planet had been “largely transformed by hunter-gatherers, farmers, and pastoralists.” People farmed, burned forests and grazed their goats, sheep and cattle. By about 1,000 BCE, with […]

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Uproar Over Anti-Semitic Video Produced by Republicans in N.Y. County

Dark clouds roll in while ominous orchestral music swells in a video posted on Wednesday night by the Rockland County Republican Party. Large text flashes slowly across the screen warning that “a storm is brewing” and “if they win, we lose.” The “they” are the ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents of the villages and towns just northwest […]

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Greenland Aside, Buying Foreign Land Used to Be Common

The last time the United States bought a foreign territory — through a monetary transaction and not just a signed treaty — was in 1917, when the Virgin Islands were acquired from Denmark. More than 100 years later, President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland, the largest island in the world, from Denmark. Denmark […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro on the Environment, in His Own Words

ImagePresident Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has often criticized agencies that enforce environmental laws, and called fines for environmental crimes an “industry” that needs to be abolished.CreditAdriano Machado/Reuters Facing an avalanche of criticism over the fires raging across the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil pledged in a televised address on Friday that his government would […]

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Can the American West Be Saved?

SHADOWLANDSFear and Freedom at the Oregon StandoffBy Anthony McCann THIS LANDHow Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption Are Ruining the American WestBy Christopher Ketcham The January 2016 armed occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was, to many who followed it on the news, a certain kind of anarchic spectacle that occurs periodically in the American West […]

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This Land Is a Sanctuary for Aboriginal Women. Bulldozers May Soon Come.

DJAB WURRUNG COUNTRY, Australia — For dozens of generations, this serene stretch in the highlands of southeastern Australia has been a sanctuary for the women of the Djab Wurrung people, where babies were delivered in the hollows of majestic birthing trees and the placentas were planted nearby to imbue saplings with their spirit. “This is […]

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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more […]

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The Golden Girls Would Violate Zoning Laws

The housing plans released by the Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Elizabeth Warren rightly recognize that only bold federal intervention can fix a problem as entrenched as housing segregation. But by offering towns financial incentives to change their zoning codes — the most powerful force dictating where and how people live — […]

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This Land Was Your Land

For the past 10 years I’ve been documenting the fate of the least protected and most at-risk portion of the national commons: the roughly 450 million acres across 12 Western states overseen on our behalf by the United States Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. It’s an astonishingly diverse landscape of […]

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A New Approach on Housing Affordability

A growing number of Americans are struggling to cope with the high and rising cost of rental housing in the United States. On any given night last year, more than half a million Americans were homeless. Nearly 11 million households managed to keep a roof over their heads only by spending more than 50 percent […]

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