BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — A court fight to protect the piping plover is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish sand along a 19-mile stretch of shoreline on New York's Fire Island.
The small bird that lives on the island is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act and, elsewhere in the country, is listed as endangered. Besides arguing to protect the bird's habitat, critics say the project would be a huge waste of money.
Two studies published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have sparked a big debate among climate scientists: One found more warming in Southern Hemisphere oceans than previously thought, while the second detected little warming in the deepest water of oceans generally over the past decade, E&E reports.
The Nevada-based Desert Research Institute is looking at plans to use drones to seed clouds with silver iodide to encourage more precipitation out of them, which could help alleviate California’s drought if they’re successful, National Journal reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Genetic material from Asian carp has been found in the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan, but there's no indication the invasive fish have become established in the river that flows into Lake Michigan, officials said Tuesday.
DNA from silver carp was detected in one of 200 water samples taken in July from the river in Allegan County, this one from below the Caulkins Dam about 24 miles from Lake Michigan, the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
Consumers are likely to get a break from the high heating costs of last winter, the Energy Department forecast on Tuesday, pointing to expected warmer temperatures and adequate supplies of natural gas and propane.
"We're looking for heating bills across most of the country to be lower this year than last year," said Adam Sieminski, the head of the Energy Information Administration, at a conference in Washington.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.
The settlement between the National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Company ends a yearslong battle over the farm's fate that pitted environmentalists against scientists and even divided California's two U.S. senators. As part of the deal, which still must be approved by a federal judge, the Park Service would cover the cost of cleaning up the site and offer rental assistance and other relocation benefits to Drakes Bay employees who live there.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — In a heavily irrigated Washington valley where fish, crops and people often compete for water, biologists are turning to one of nature's best engineers to help restore streams and salmon habitat.
Landowners typically trap or kill beavers that block irrigation canals and flood homes in the Yakima Valley. But one project is relocating the troublemaking creatures to the headwaters of the Yakima River, where their talent for chewing willows and constructing lodges can be put to good use.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington.
Obama administration action to fight climate change – particularly moves to limit power plant carbon emissions – appear to be pushing the issue to get unprecedented airing in the 2016 election campaigns, The New York Times reports.
Physicist John H. Gibbons -- who promoted fuel efficient cars and international space cooperation in policy roles including a stint as science adviser to President Bill Clinton – died last month at age 86, The New York Times reports.
The reservations of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah and chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, about the Land and Water Conservation Fund mean any proposal to renew its authorization will meet a challenge on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.
The bid of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic presidential nomination got a boost Saturday from the Friends of the Earth, which called him “a bold and fearless voice for the planet,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers argued that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule lacks a sound scientific basis in memos made public by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, The Hill reports.
Senior creditors for Alpha Natural Resources Inc. will loan money to the beleaguered Virginia-based coal company to help it get through bankruptcy, a filing for which could come as early as Monday, Bloomberg reports.
The Obama administration may be backing away from its insistence that future coal-burning power plants use carbon capture technology, settling instead on a requirement for ultra-supercritical technology in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
The Department of Energy has agreed to rework its proposed efficiency standards for walk-in freezers and coolers, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, which says it has reached a settlement with the DOE over the issue, The Hill reports.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. says some other Democrats may be willing to go along with him and Sen. Angus King, I-Me., in a willingness to support legislation lifting the ban on U.S. crude exports if it also backs renewable energy such as wind and solar, E&E reports.