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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Administrator and Boston native Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will throw out the first pitches at the Red Sox game Tuesday, to mark Earth Day, The Hill reports.
A subsidiary of American Energy Partners, the company run by shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon, is renting seven rigs from his former firm Chesapeake Energy to drill for gas in the Utica Shale, Bloomberg reports.
The total U.S. rig count for the week remained at 1,831, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc., which said that oil rigs declined while gas and miscellaneous rigs increased, Bloomberg reports.
Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has applied to scrap the 10-mile emergency planning zone around it, because of the nuclear plant's closing by year's end, raising concerns from citizen groups, The Recorder reports.
Critics complain that proposals to increase security of the nation’s power grid, drafted by the industry in the wake of an attack on a California substation last year, won’t do enough to stop anyone intent on sabotage, The Wall Street Journal reports.