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Fracking Exacerbates Colorado’s Rampant Wildfires

20 Jun

by Katherine Cirullo / EcoWatch

It’s officially wildfire season in Colorado; last Tuesday, a fire ignited the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs. It burned 22 square miles, destroyed 422 homes and is still raging a week later. In just half the time, it has surpassed last year’s Waldo Canyon wildfire as the worst in Colorado history. While wildfires in Colorado and throughout the west are nothing new, the magnitude of this year’s Black Forest fire serves as a haunting reminder of the worsening crisis climate change poses. Throughout all this, we can’t help but draw attention to the oil and gas industry’s use of fracking and its impact on climate change, drought and natural disaster. Residents are watching their backyards burn while the oil and gas industry is using up Colorado’s most precious resource—water.

Fire rages in Black Forest, CO. Photo credit: Colorado Black Forest Fire Facebook page

Fire rages in Black Forest, CO. Photo credit: Colorado Black Forest Fire Facebook page

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Yaquis Tribal-Farming Drying Up As River Is Diverted for Cities

27 Mar
The Yaqui River

The Yaqui River

Nearly 20 years of drought and little help from the government has forced the Yaquis, a tribe in Mexico, to irrigate their lands with the only water source available – raw sewage.

Over the past decade more than 4,000 hectares of once fertile land has dried up – and now things could go from bad to worse.

The state government is building an aqueduct that will divert nearly 75 million cubic metres of water from the Yaqui river to a nearby town.

The government says the project is crucial, but Yaqui leaders question the decision to prioritise alleviating drought in cities over farming communities.

Al Jazeera’s Rachel Levin reports from Sonora.