Environment

FWS grapples with which shrinking wetlands to save, and how

Source: 
E&E

Erosion, sea level rise and severe weather are taking their toll on protected U.S. wetlands, leaving the Fish and Wildlife Service to grapple with decisions about whether and when to act to save some, and how to do it, E&E reports.

Committee approves bill naming peak after Reagan

 WASHINGTON (AP) — About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway.

Now, Republican Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada is pushing a bill that would name a part of Frenchman Mountain, located just east of Las Vegas, after the nation's 40th president.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved Heck's bill by voice vote Wednesday, but not before some Democrats on the committee had fun with the issue.

Climate changes in SW to result in bird, reptile shifts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win, but others stand to lose — and lose big.

The U.S. Geological Survey and researchers from the University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona University released a report this week that takes a closer look at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on species such as the desert tortoise and the pinyon jay.

3rd part of UN climate study to warn of rising transportation emissions

Source: 
Bloomberg

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will see the biggest increases in the coming decades, according to the third part of the study from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is due to be released April 13, Bloomberg reports.

Oil

La. levee board lawyers willing to change fee contract in major lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for a south Louisiana flood control board say they'll change their contingency fee contract in a suit accusing 97 oil and gas companies of contributing to coastal erosion if the companies will pay them as part of a settlement.

The lawsuit, which Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes, seeks to hold the industry accountable for damage done by dredging for pipelines and canals and other activity in fragile coastal wetlands.

Correction to story about Great Lakes ice interfering with shipping

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story posted on EnergyGuardian earlier today about ice on the Great Lakes interfering with steel production, The Associated Press reported erroneously that production at U.S. Steel's Gary Works had stopped for a week. Production was scaled back but not shut down.

A corrected version of the story is here.

Big Alaskan quake in '64 offered seismology lesson

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The New York Times

Scientists learned a lot about earthquakes -- what triggers them and how to determine the cause -- from the big Alaskan quake in 1964, The New York Times reports.

Judge rules on Wyoming coal-bed methane project

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled against environmental groups that challenged the U.S. Interior Department's plan to open the Fortification Creek area in northeastern Wyoming to coal-bed methane development.

Judge Barbara J. Rothstein on March 28 released a 42-page ruling against the National Wildlife Federation and two Wyoming groups: the Powder River Basin Resource Council, based in Sheridan; and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, based in Lander.

Crews work to clear Great Lakes shipping pathways

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle Monday to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong slowdown at the nation's largest steel factory.

Traffic remained largely at a crawl after a winter that produced some of the heaviest ice on record across the five inland seas, where more than half the surface area remained solid this week. Icebreaking ships slogging across Lake Superior were still encountering ice layers 2 feet to 3 feet thick. In some areas, wind and wave action created walls of ice up to 14 feet high.

Magnitude-4.0 quake rocks central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rocked central Oklahoma on Monday, shaking buildings and leaving residents once again wondering what is causing all the seismic activity.

Earthquakes have become increasingly common in Oklahoma in the past few years. Monday's earthquake struck just after 11 a.m. and was centered near Langston with a preliminary depth of 3 miles, according to Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The temblor was felt widely through the central part of the state, including in Oklahoma City, where Mayor Mick Cornett asked via Twitter who felt the quake. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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