Maxine Speier is an editorial fellow at Pacific Standard, where she specializes in the environment and public lands. Previously she worked at Montana Public Radio. She has a bachelor's degree in creative writing and is completing her master's in environmental science journalism. Her work has appeared on Montana Public Radio, NPR, National Native News, Jezebel, and more.
Lockouts and Train Blocks: An Update on the Coal Country Protests
The Kentucky miners' stakeout highlights the vulnerable position workers face when coal companies go belly-up in bankruptcy.
Ethiopians Tackle the Climate Crisis With 350 Million New Trees (in Photos)
Citizens of Africa's second-most populated country broke a world record when they planted 353,633,660 tree seedlings on Monday as part of a national reforestation campaign.
Indigenous Communities Are Better at Preserving Biodiversity, Research Shows
A new study adds to research showing concrete links between Indigenous rights to land and sustainable conservation.
Scientists Voice Their Support for Native Hawaiians Protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope
With the hashtag #ScientistsforMaunaKea, scientists are sharing their opposition to the construction of the $1.4 billion telescope on sacred land.
Why Is the U.S. Facing a Federal Firefighter Shortage?
The shortage is part of an ongoing dilemma as the government struggles to budget and plan for longer, more severe fire seasons.
The EPA Won't Have to Hold Mining Companies Responsible for Clean-Up Costs, a Federal Court Rules
The agency claims modern mining practices have reduced the risk of pollution going unaddressed. Will taxpayers still have to pay a price?
'Isn't That Something!': Looking Back at the Moon Landing (in Photos)
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first spaceflight to put humans on the moon. We went into the NASA archives of the Apollo 11 mission to remember the uncertainty and wonder of that week in 1969.
The Wilderness Society Pressures the Trump Administration to Measure the Climate Impacts From Oil and Gas Leasing
The environmental non-profit estimates that recent federal oil and gas leases will produce more greenhouse gas emissions than the European Union emits in a year.
Plans to Move the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters West Raise Questions
Critics of the move say it's a way to weaken the agency and eliminate senior officials and scientists who don't want to relocate.
Trump Removed the Only Native American Member From the Cultural Property Advisory Committee
An Obama-appointed Native American woman was replaced last week by an attorney who has worked closely with Trump.
More Utilities Plan to Use Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires
A Nevada utility company is joining utilities in other western states in implementing a new measure to reduce the risk of wildfire.
California Passes a $21 Billion Wildfire Victims' Fund to Protect Utilities From Damage Claims
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Friday, changing how the state will pay for wildfire damage.
Tropical Storm Barry Moves Toward Louisiana's Already-Flooded Coast
The storm is getting stronger, and heavy rainfall combined with an already-flooded river could overflow levees in New Orleans.
Republican Leaders Aim to Make Conservation Conservative Again
A new Republican caucus will tackle conservation and climate change. Is the GOP changing its tune or merely paying lip service to environmental issues?
Thousands of People Live Closer to Underground Gas Wells Than Previously Thought
Most of the wells are more than half a century old, and some residents might not even be aware of the hidden energy infrastructure beneath their own backyards.
The Trump Administration Waives Environmental Regulations (Again) for Border Wall Construction
The Department of Homeland Security is bypassing dozens of laws to speed up the construction of several miles of fencing in Texas.