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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 Earth's...

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 Agriculture...

Wyo. takes time leasing 'potentially massive...

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, because...

BLM pressed in committee on fire, sage grouse and...

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 Obama...

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 data from...

Enviro group appeals BLM decision to extend Colo...

May 10, 2013
A Colorado environmental group yesterday appealed the Bureau of Land Management's decision last month to extend more than two dozen leases in the state's rugged Thompson Divide area, arguing the agency should have let the leases expire. Earthjustice, representing the Carbondale-based Wilderness...

New Interior secretary waiting for study on wild...

May 9, 2013
New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that she is still undecided about how to handle a burgeoning wild horse and burro population that is eating more than half the horse budget at the BLM and sparking outrage among wild horse advocates. Jewell said in an interview with The Denver Post...

Sequester seen as test for 'pretty lean...

May 9, 2013
At first glance, the Department of Justice's division for investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes appears to have escaped the worst of the sequester. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Environment and Natural Resources Division last month that it, as well as the rest of DOJ, would be...

BLM Wyoming's oil, gas lease auction nets $8...

May 8, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management's latest auction of federal oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated more than $8.7 million. Leasing rights on 66 parcels totaling about 85,000 acres were offered at the auction Tuesday. The highest bid per acre was $3,500 per acre for a parcel that went for $1.4...

Coal mine smoldering poses fire risk in SW Colo.

May 8, 2013
At least seven coal fires are smoldering near the site of a wildfire that burned 10,000 acres in southwestern Colorado last year. Coal fires are not uncommon and can burn for decades underground without ever producing open flames. But the number of fires near the mountain concerns state and federal...
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