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Western Governors Meet for Tough Topics PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 June 2014 19:04

(06/09/14) CARSON CITY, Nev. - Water scarcity, extreme weather, oil and gas development and endangered species are among the tough topics at the Western Governors' Association meeting this week in Colorado Springs.

According to Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, declining populations of greater sage-grouse are intertwined with those issues. He said he believes keeping the species off the Endangered Species List can be accomplished. His group's new research shows that Wyoming got it right, with everyone sitting at the table to hash out pathways to move forward.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 05:53
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Medieval Warm Period on the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 June 2014 20:15

Datsenko et al. (2014) write that the problems of current climate change, the establishment of reasons for it, and the development of scenarios of its further potential evolution are still the "focus of attention of climatologists," and so they proceed to describe their most recent foray into this controversial realm of research.

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FIRE STATISTICS DEBUNK ASSERTED LINK TO GLOBAL WARMING PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 June 2014 21:45

California Governor Jerry Brown blamed global warming for recent wildfires in California, but objective data show a decline in wildfires as our planet modestly warms.

2013 was one of the quietest wildfire years in U.S. history, according to data from the federal government’s National Interagency Fire Center. The 47,000 wildfires last year may seem like a very large number – and it certainly gives global warming alarmists like Brown plenty of fodder for misleading claims – but the 47,000 wildfires was less than half the average number of wildfires that occurred each year in the 1960s and 1970s. Earth was cooling during the 1960s and 1970s when so many more wildfires occurred.

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Wallow Fire case study - multiple paths to fuel reduction in the wildland-urban interface PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 June 2014 21:08

Wallow FireAlternative fuel treatments both reduced fire behavior, allowed for protection of homes

PORTLAND, Ore., May 30, 2014—Conservative fuel treatments designed to reduce fire severity while still providing forest cover and wildlife habitat worked equally as well as more intensive treatments in allowing for the protection of homes during the 2011 Wallow Fire, a study published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management has found. The distance into the treated area where fire severity was reduced varied, however, between these different thinning approaches where fuels were reduced. The findings suggest that there may be multiple paths to fuel treatment design around the wildland-urban interface (WUI).

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 June 2014 21:21
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EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:59

Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.

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