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EPA reports few benefits from bee-killing pesticide

Source: 
The Globe and Mail

An Environmental Protection Agency study has found that neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to the death of bees and other insect pollinators, have had little effect to boost the size of soybean yields, The Globe and Mail reports.

Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.

Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.

Montana decides to keep Yellowstone bison in state

Montana wildlife officials have decided against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation.

Instead, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to keep the animals in the state by relocating them to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana.

Interior secretary pushes for Congress to act on lands conservation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.

Jewell renewed the administration's threat while speaking to a few hundred wilderness advocates at a national conference in Albuquerque celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Businesses moving on GHG plans on economics, UN uncertainty

Source: 
Reuters

Businesses like IKEA and Microsoft tell Reuters they plan to forge their own paths on green energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions without domestic or international laws, citing a lack of certainty in next year's UN summit and new economic opportunities.

Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo aims for Bermuda

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Gonzalo has strengthened overnight and is again a dangerous Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the small British island territory of Bermuda.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gonzalo reached Category 4 strength early Thursday for the second time in two days while fluctuating in intensity.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service

Sage-grouse conservation won't harm energy output: study

Most of the western federal lands in seven western states where the greater sage-grouse faces the loss of habitat have low oil, gas, and renewable energy potential, according to a report released Thursday by a conservation group.

The report for the Western Values Project found that most federal lands in the states with sizable energy resources are outside the bird's key habitat areas.

NRDC moves quickly against EPA weed killer approval

Source: 
The Hill

Hours after the EPA approved Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo weed killer for genetically modified crops, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the agency, alleging the herbicide threatens monarch butterflies and human health, The Hill reports.

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Public Domain Photos

Environmentalists see uncertainty in new US approach to climate deal

The environmental movement responded cautiously Wednesday to State Department envoy Todd Stern's roadmap for clinching a new United Nations climate deal that would avoid binding carbon reduction targets in favor of voluntary limits.

Representatives from two environmental groups stressed Stern's approach was expected and may succeed in securing a deal in Paris late next year. But they questioned whether enough will be done after 2020 by the international community to reduce emissions and avoid catastrophic global warming.

Study: Natural gas surge won't slow global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn't quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won't slow global warming, a new study projects.

Abundant natural gas in the United States has been displacing coal, which produces more of the chief global warming gas carbon dioxide.

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