Top water decision-makers from seven Western states plan to join conservation groups and Indian tribes in San Diego on Tuesday to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River.
The Ocean Conservancy, a Washington DC-based environmental organization, released its 2012 list of trash collected during its International Coastal Cleanup. More than 10 million pounds of debris was collected, with nearly 1.5 million pounds in California alone. The top items found during the cleanup:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called on the Forest Service to drop its plans to withhold funds from rural timber communities.
House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing, "Perspectives on the Management of Federal and State Land: Testimony by Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT), Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association."
O'BRIEN, Ore. (AP) — Jennifer Phillippi's grandparents started producing lumber in this corner of Oregon timber country in 1922, when a man could set up a mill, log the trees within range of a team of horses and move the mill to a new stand when those trees ran out.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — In a bid to safeguard biodiversity and the Caribbean's tourism-based economy, regional political leaders and corporate executives will gather Friday on billionaire Richard Branson's private island with the aim of protecting 20 percent of the region's coastal resources by 2020.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank officially took on a new set of guidelines to limit financing for coal-fired power plants in foreign nations, with exceptions for plants with carbon-capture systems and those built in poor countries without alternatives, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized the exclusion of nuclear energy from President Obama's recent executive action ordering the federal government to purchase more power from low-carbon sources, saying the move represents a "missed leadership opportunity," Platts reports.
A national poll conducted by Bloomberg reported 56 percent of respondents view the Keystone XL pipeline as positive for U.S. energy security compared with 35 percent who view it as a source of potential environmental damage.
A poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute reports that 80 percent of respondents support the expansion of new energy infrastructure, and 70 percent support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, FuelFix reports.
Speaking at a summit on energy and infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said his department is at the forefront of the administration's climate action plan, developing plans for disaster recovery and climate-resilient infrastructure, National Journal reports.
Pakistan's Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said Iran has withdrawn its $500 million financing offer for a Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline project, but Iran is prepared to supply the line once it's completed, Platts reports.