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Climate change threats are 'real, urgent and...

April 26, 2013
White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon spoke about the "real, urgent and severe" national security threat that climate change presents in a speech at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy this morning. In his prepared remarks, Donilon acknowledged that it might seem...

New Mexico grapples with tough choices amid...

April 26, 2013
In Southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry — reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Only puddles remain, leaving gangs of carp to huddle together in a desperate effort to avoid the fate of thousands of...

EPA finds State Dept.'s latest Keystone...

April 26, 2013
U.S. EPA says the State Department's latest review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline contains "insufficient information" on several fronts, including greenhouse gas emissions, alternative routes and the consequences of a potential spill of diluted bitumen, which the pipeline would carry....

South Platte snowpack reaches 95 percent of normal

April 26, 2013
Although the string of heavy April snowstorms put a damper on some spring plans, it also extended the Colorado ski season, delayed the snowmelt and provided a reprieve from wildfire worries. The snowpack in the South Platte River basin -- a major water supplier for the Front Range -- is 95 percent...

States, cities ask Supreme Court to review cross-...

April 26, 2013
Nine states, five cities and the District of Columbia yesterday urged the Supreme Court to grant U.S. EPA's request to review a lower court decision that throw out its regulations for air pollution that drifts across state lines. Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), the local...

Grizzly bear diet key to end of federal protection

April 26, 2013
A study on the nuances of Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear diets due this October will determine whether managers will recommend ending federal protections for the species, officials said last week. The study, called a food synthesis, will take a “holistic approach” to analyzing grizzly bear...

Appeals court backs EPA in battle over CWA permit

April 26, 2013
A federal appeals court ruled today that U.S. EPA's 2011 retroactive veto of a major West Virginia mountaintop-removal mining project was legal. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit confirms EPA's contention that the Clean Water Act's...

Colorado fracking database questioned by Harvard...

April 24, 2013
The online database that Colorado employs for disclosing the ingredients in fracking fluids used in drilling oil and gas wells is seriously flawed, according to a Harvard Law School study. The analysis, done by the school's environmental policy initiative, found reporting errors and gaps in the...

Greater sage grouse needs open space to survive,...

April 24, 2013
The imperiled greater sage grouse needs miles of uninterrupted sagebrush steppe with little nearby human activity to survive, according to a new federal study that also notes that land managers do not have adequate regulations in place to preserve critical areas. The study, conducted by scientists...

The more we warm, the faster climate zones will...

April 24, 2013
Plants, animals and agricultural systems have adapted to thrive in certain climates, be they arid or wet, tropical or temperate. At the globe warms, those climates will shift, potentially disrupting ecosystems and agriculture. A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows...
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