Lack of snowpack has Utah officials looking ahead to fire season
[Tue Jan 10 12:52:00 EST 2012
A record-dry December and forecasts for a drier-than-normal January has Utah state firefighters looking ahead to wildfire season and what drought means for forests already falling prey to beetles.Salt Lake TribuneView Comments |... Read more...
Utah officials must consider Kennecott mine's toxic emissions, too
[Tue Jan 10 12:52:00 EST 2012
Kennecott Utah Copper is one of the state's largest employers, a fact that is often cited by state officials whenever concerns are raised about the company's operations, but it is also the state's largest contributor of toxic emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's latest Toxic Releases Inventory--a fact state officials should also consider when making permitting decisions.Sa... Read more...
Colorado commission to take up drilling plan in state park on Thursday
[Tue Jan 10 12:52:00 EST 2012
At its monthly meeting this week, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider leasing drilling rights on a 439-acre parcel of St. Vrain State Park that sits atop the Wattenberg oil field.Denver PostView Comments |... Read more...
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights U.S. Navy Biofuels Partnership at Pearl Harbor, Obama Administration's Commitment to Renewable Energy
[Mon Jan 09 19:00:00 EST 2012
HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2012 ? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the Obama Administration?s commitment to renewable energy today at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument's Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Pearl Harbor naval base was the first Hawaii military marine fleet to use biodiesel, replacing the Department of Navy-operated tour boats that shuttled visitors to and f... Read more...
Dramatic Links Found Between Climate Change, Elk, Plants, and Birds
[Mon Jan 09 10:30:00 EST 2012
Missoula, MT – Climate change in the form of reduced snowfall in mountains is causing powerful and cascading shifts in mountainous plant and bird communities through the increased ability of elk to stay at high elevations over winter and consume plants, according to a groundbreaking study in Nature Climate Change.The U.S. Geological Survey and University of Montana study not only... Read more...
Grand Canyon-Area Uranium Mines to Be Blocked for 20 Years
[Fri Jan 06 00:00:00 EST 2012
In proposing the extended moratorium, the interior secretary, Ken Salazar, cited the potential of pollution in waterways and harm to wildlife, desert vegetation and air quality.... Read more...
Citizen Scientists Key to Success for National Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
[Tue Jan 03 17:56:17 EST 2012
A key annual event in the recovery of Bald Eagle populations takes place January 4-18, when hundreds of citizen scientists take to the field for the 34th annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey.“The survey is a true public-private partnership with hundreds of volunteer citizen scientists taking part, in addition to federal, state, and NGO biologists. Forty-three states continue to actively parti... Read more...
Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice
[Fri Dec 30 13:02:52 EST 2011
There's a growing understanding of the scientific importance of wildlife migration corridors, but protecting them is a huge political challenge.... Read more...
Boulder, Colo., votes for energy independence -- from its utility
[Wed Dec 28 09:52:35 EST 2011
After a hard-fought political campaign the town of Boulder passed a ballot initiative allowing it to create its own municipal utility in order to help reach its ambitious environmental goals.... Read more...
Jon Huntsman Jr. -- a pragmatic Westerner for the White House
[Mon Dec 26 13:07:18 EST 2011
Despite poor poll showings, the worldly Jon Huntsman Jr. is the most qualified candidate in the Republican primary, especially when it comes to environmental issues.... Read more...
The year 2011, in apocalyptic weather events
[Wed Dec 21 15:58:23 EST 2011
Fire and flood, snowstorms and droughts, downburst winds and desert haboobs -- 2011 brought incredibly wacky weather to the West.... Read more...
Stitching habitat together across public and private lands
[Wed Dec 21 13:39:24 EST 2011
Migrating animals can't read "no trespassing" signs, so it?s up to human beings to try to find ways to connect wildlife corridors that crisscross public and privately owned lands.... Read more...
Mercury Deposition Greater near Major U.S. Cities
[Tue Dec 20 08:03:43 EST 2011
Atmospheric deposition of mercury is about four-times higher in lakes near several major U.S. cities compared to lakes in remote areas, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Atmospheric deposition is the predominant pathway for mercury to reach sensitive ecosystems, where it can accumulate in fish and harm wildlife and humans. Coal-fired power plants and industries are amon... Read more...
Baron Named President-Elect of Ecological Society of America
[Thu Dec 15 07:04:59 EST 2011
U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist Dr. Jill Baron has just been named President-Elect of the Ecological Society of America."Dr. Baron has shown excellence in both her research and her leadership, and therefore is an outstanding choice to lead the Ecological Society of America," said USGS director Marcia McNutt. "It brings honor to our scientists individually and to the USGS as an agency wh... Read more...
In Arizona, Rare Sightings Of Ocelots and Jaguars
[Mon Dec 05 00:00:00 EST 2011
A series of recent sightings of endangered wild cats has prompted considerable excitement among wildlife experts and camera-toting naturalists.... Read more...
A Driver?s Death Has Raised Questions About IndyCar?s Leader
[Sun Oct 23 00:00:00 EDT 2011
In the wake of Dan Wheldon?s death last Sunday, IndyCar officials have been all but silent, and after canceling their championship banquet, left Las Vegas trailing bitterness and finger-pointing.... Read more...
Worries Circled Las Vegas Track Before Death of Wheldon
[Tue Oct 18 00:00:00 EDT 2011
On Sunday, the mix of a fast track packed with drivers with millions of dollars on the line led to one of Indy car?s worst crashes and the death of the driver Dan Wheldon.... Read more...