Conservation

Report: NY, NJ had more than 1,800 beach closings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Pollution or the threat of contamination prompted more than 1,800 beach closings or advisories along the Atlantic and Great Lakes coasts in New York and New Jersey last summer, according to the 23rd annual beach quality report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

EU agrees on green-friendly farm reform outline

BRUSSELS (AP) — In what's being cast as a major breakthrough, the European Union agreed Wednesday on an outline for a major farm reform program that seeks to boost environment-friendly agriculture.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on outdoor recreation and federal lands

Washington, June 27, 2013, 2:00 pm

House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing, "Outdoor Recreation Opportunities on State, Local and Federal Land." 

Senate Energy hearing on forest management on federal lands

Washington, June 25, 2013, 10:00 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, "Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Forest Management on Federal Lands." Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Ned Farquhar to testify. 

Oil

UN: Resources should finance development, not war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' deputy secretary-general is urging countries to transform natural resource inequities that have fueled conflicts over oil, diamonds and precious metals and use those resources to finance economic development and provide basic services like health care and clean water.

Woody Harrelson launches tree-friendly paper brand

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Woody Harrelson is putting his paper where his passions are.

House to debate conservation in farm bill amendments

Source: 
E&E

Amendments to the House version of a five-year farm bill up for debate would require farmers to follow conservation guidelines to qualify for crop insurance subsidies, E&E reports.

Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old

FAIRPORT, Mich. (AP) — A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century.

CAP, Wilderness Society team up for conservation push

Source: 
The Denver Post
The Center for American Progress and the Wilderness Society launched a new campaign to push for a stronger balance between conservation and new energy exploration, The Denver Post reports.

Russia to close paper mill on Lake Baikal

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that authorities will shut down a paper mill on the shores of Lake Baikal, which environmentalists say is a major pollutant threatening one of the world's largest fresh water lakes.

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