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Grand Canyon threatened despite win against developers, conservationists say

Guardian: Plans for a huge commercial development that would transform a tiny town near the edge of the Grand Canyon have been thrown out by federal officials in a surprise victory for conservation and indigenous interests – but campaigners warn that the world famous natural wonder remains in peril. Tusayan, in northern Arizona, has a few low-key hotels and a population of just 560. A mile from the entrance to Grand Canyon national park, it is the last settlement tourists pass through, if they even notice...

California drought water-use rules could force 36 percent reduction on Beverly Hills

Guardian: Billionaire-studded Beverly Hills will be ordered to cut water usage by 36% under a tough new mandate proposed by regulators on Saturday to try to help parched California cope with its extreme drought. Los Angeles will have to reduce usage by 16%; the more environmentally conscious San Francisco will only have to reduce its water consumption by 8% after doing more in the last year to cut use voluntarily, according to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The framework...