New Aerial Methane Study Finds High Emissions from Oil and Gas Facilities EDF-coordinated study is the latest to underscore the urgent need for action (WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2014) A new peer-reviewed study, led by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) […]

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CNN reports The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, Read story at EPA drops protection for wild salmon Alaska Bristol Bay – CNN

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release The National Park Service released a draft plan today that calls for shooting native elk to allow for expanded cattle ranching and commercial agriculture at Point Reyes National Seashore. The plan would allow the killing of tule elk, damage to wildlife habitat, harm of endangered species, degradation of water […]

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Colorado River Touches Pacific for First Time in Years

Thanks to some innovative thinking, certain dams on the river have been allowed to spill over into the river providing enough volume to reach the river’s final destination — The Pacific Ocean.

Years of development in Colorado, New Mexico and California have pushed the demand for the Colorado’s river water beyond the river’s ability to keep up. Agricultural demand is the big draw off on the great river that created the Grand Canyon and other unforgettable features. A general western drought in recent years has not helped the situation.

But, hope is eternal!

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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release (PEER) NEW BLM ACTING DIRECTOR THREATENS AGENCY’S EXISTENCE Ultra-Right Wing Lawyer William Pendley is Uniquely Unqualified to Run BLM Washington, DC — William Perry Pendley, an ultra-right wing Sagebrush Rebellion lawyer who has supported the selling off of millions of acres of federal lands, is now the top […]

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ScienceDaily reports Researchers have shown for the first time the detrimental effect of wildfires on moths and the ecological benefits they provide by transporting pollen, making interacting plant and insect communities more vulnerable to local extinctions. Read story at Wildfires disrupt important pollination processes by moths and increase extinction risks — ScienceDaily

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