RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests — a measure the GOP said would create jobs in rural communities and help reduce wildfires that have devastated the West.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two protesters opposed to selling Oregon state forest land broke away from a tour group Thursday, secured ropes atop the Capitol and climbed down the face of its dome to unfurl a large banner criticizing Gov. John Kitzhaber.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new study of the Monarch butterflies' winter nesting grounds in central Mexico says small-scale logging is worse than previously thought and may be contributing to threats facing the Monarch's singular migration pattern.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling siding with the logging industry on regulating runoff, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center says it will continue to press federal officials on the issue, The Associated Press reports.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The amount of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday.
FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the cattle will be sent for processing into beef, prized by consumers looking for locally raised, grass-fed meat in California's Central Valley.
But this isn't a ranch. It's a nature preserve managed by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a Fresno-area land trust that protects ecosystems. The Conservancy says it is breaking new ground by raising its own beef herd, using cattle to benefit the environment and to improve its bottom line.
A study from the Australian National University reported an increased death rate worldwide for larger and older species of trees, caused by issues including drier climates, logging and diseases. Scientists are concerned that the decline of such trees could threaten biodiversity in ecosystems worldwide, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation, The Hill reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal
The shutdown of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster has pushed Japan to fossil fuels, leading to higher pollution and higher costs as the government prepares to release a long-term power security plan, Bloomberg reports.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Shell is promising the Obama administration that its equipment is ready and personnel properly trained for more Arctic drilling in 2014, reports Fuelfix, as the company outlines its plans for future exploratory operations following criticism of its past safety record.
Energy IPOs picked up nearly $6 billion in Wall Street investment in 2013, more than triple the amount the year before, says Fuelfix, which reports that many involve master limited partnerships, popular with pipeline companies.
A study commissioned by API and National Ocean Industries Association concludes that opening the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling would create 280,000 new jobs and boost investment and U.S. production, the Oil & Gas Journal reports.