ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four conservation groups have petitioned the Interior Department to list an iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change.
Yellow cedar for centuries has been carved by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people for canoe paddles and totem poles. They could remove a lengthwise strip of bark from a living tree to use for weaving baskets and hats, and as backing in blankets because the trees can compartmentalize the damage and heal themselves.
Yellow cedar can resist insects and rot and live more than 1,000 years but their shallow roots are vulnerable to freezing. Climate warming over the last century has been deadly.
A door is starting to open to allow logging in the Tongass National Forest, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, backing the state of Alaska, overturned a lower court and supported the U.S. Forest Service decision to exempt the area from a rule that would ban new roads and timber harvesting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a wide-ranging public lands bill Thursday that would speed logging of trees burned in last year's massive Rim Fire in California.
The measure also allows vehicular access to North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other "hand-propelled" watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
The House approved the bill, 220-194, on a largely party-line vote. It now goes to the Senate, where it is considered unlikely to pass. The White House opposes the bill but has not issued a veto threat.
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.
Environmental Protection Agency proposals to limit carbon emissions from power plants envision generating more electricity from natural gas, but to do so would require substantial improvements in infrastructure like pipelines, according to Oglethorpe Power CEO Mike Smith, Platts reports.
An effort to repeal a change in Alaska’s oil taxes -- which got companies off the hook for big surcharges -- has gone down to a narrow defeat, according to unofficial results from the state Division of Elections, Reuters reports, noting that official results won’t be posted until Sept. 2.
Oil prices have resumed slipping on strong supplies and data showing slowing Chinese factory output in August, a warning of lower demand. U.S. benchmark crude stood around 70 cents down at $92.75 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 90 cents to $101.38, Reuters reports.
Energy-rich states led the country in economic expansion in the last quarter of 2013, with North Dakota and Wyoming topping the list with an 8.4 percent growth rate, followed by West Virginia and Louisiana, according to data published Wednesday by the Commerce Department, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ethanol production increased 6,000 barrels a day in the week ending Aug. 15 to 937,000 barrels a day, pushing stocks in the country up to 8.251 million barrels, according to Energy Information Administration data released Wednesday, Platts reports.
Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.
Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. and the target of ads by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate group for his positions, attended a brief meeting with scientists this week who explained their views about the threat posed by global warming, the Orlando Sentinel reports.