May 29, 2017

05/29/2017: America’s parks are in danger of being "loved to death"

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You might be spending the long weekend relaxing with family, paying respect to fallen servicemembers, or getting outside. But if you're enjoying a national park this weekend, maybe think twice about pulling out your smartphone. 2016 was the third record-breaking year in a row for the National Park Service, but all that extra traffic from selfie-snapping tourists can harm the places they visit. Plus: What's at stake of the U.S. pulls out of the Paris climate agreement. Then: California's drought has all but ended, but some wells are still dry, forcing some of the state's poorest people to pay a premium on water.

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California's drought is all but over, but some wells are still dry

May 29, 2017
Some of the state's poorest residents are still shelling out a premium for water.
The hamlet of Okieville in California’s San Joaquin Valley has been hard hit by the state’s drought.
Sarah Craig

What happens if Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement on climate change?

May 29, 2017
The U.S. is obligated to remain in the pact until 2019, but its influence could decrease in the meantime.
President Trump doesn't need approval from the Senate to pull the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.
MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

How social media hurts and helps the great outdoors

May 29, 2017
National Parks get a lot of love on social media, but some are being 'loved to death.'
Visitors take a selfie in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Outside groups are pouring money into the health care debate

May 29, 2017
As the Senate grapples with crafting its own Obamacare rep, opposing groups spend millions on ad campaigns to influence the debate.

You might be spending the long weekend relaxing with family, paying respect to fallen servicemembers, or getting outside. But if you’re enjoying a national park this weekend, maybe think twice about pulling out your smartphone. 2016 was the third record-breaking year in a row for the National Park Service, but all that extra traffic from selfie-snapping tourists can harm the places they visit. Plus: What’s at stake of the U.S. pulls out of the Paris climate agreement. Then: California’s drought has all but ended, but some wells are still dry, forcing some of the state’s poorest people to pay a premium on water.

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