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Company proposes mitigation project in Wyo.

May 15, 2013

The plan for a 600,000-acre mitigation bank in Wyoming would benefit environmentalists, the state and energy developers, according to the men behind the idea.

The idea would allow companies to conserve land before they develop elsewhere. The current proposal involves a restoration project...

Supreme Court rules for chemical giant in seed patent case

May 14, 2013

The Supreme Court today rebuffed an Indiana farmer's challenge to Monsanto Co.'s patents for its genetically modified soybean seeds that now permeate American agriculture.

In a unanimous ruling, justices held that the St. Louis chemical giant's patents remain in effect for seeds that were...

Controversial uranium projects proceed near Grand Canyon, 'sacred' mountain

May 13, 2013

Uranium mining will likely begin within weeks at a site in Mohave County, Ariz., near Grand Canyon National Park, the Bureau of Land Management said last week.

Toronto-based Energy Fuels Inc.'s Pinenut facility is within the 1 million acres of land that the Obama administration last year...

Do we need a better yardstick to measure severe droughts?

May 13, 2013

After more than a decade, the U.S. Drought Monitor might be due for a tuneup.

As Illinois' State Climatologist Jim Angel puts it, it's like the scene in the 1984 parody of hard rock documentaries "This Is Spinal Tap" in which heavy metal guitarist Nigel Tufnel shows off his amplifiers...

Montana tribes get $600k from U.S. EPA for cleanup

May 13, 2013

American Indian tribes on two Montana reservations have been awarded a combined $600,000 under a federal program to clean up contaminated properties.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement was part of $62 million in grants awarded nationwide.

When the cleanup is done...

Carbon milestone a reminder of things to come

May 13, 2013

The Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed an ominous milestone yesterday when a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory on the Big Island in Hawaii registered 400 parts per million for the first time.

It's a concentration of CO2 that has not existed in the...

House farm bill cuts deeper than last year

May 13, 2013

The House farm bill would strip the Department of Agriculture of its authority to fund the installation of ethanol pumps at gas stations, as well as prohibit new permits that U.S. EPA requires for pesticides sprayed over water.

The 576-page chairman's mark, which was posted on the House...

Wyo. takes time leasing 'potentially massive' lithium find

May 10, 2013

Wyoming has put on hold all four lithium lease applications it received after discovering a vast and potentially lucrative lithium deposit in Sweetwater County last week.

The State Board of Land Commissioners will compose a plan for how to handle the leases, which are all from one company...

BLM pressed in committee on fire, sage grouse and grazing

May 10, 2013

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who holds the reins in the House over Interior Department spending, urged the Bureau of Land Management yesterday to boost its focus on wildfire management as a means of protecting the imperiled sage grouse.

Republicans like Simpson have long called on the...

Mont. farmers adapt to climate change

May 10, 2013

While spring planting in Montana might be a little behind this year because of a particularly cold winter, in the last 60 years the state has experienced a warming trend, a study showed.

Wheat researchers from Montana State University documented the trend by looking at weather and crop...

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