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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have reportedly reached agreement on a temporary fix for the highway funding crisis, so that is likely to be one of the accomplishments for lawmakers during a busy week ahead of their summer recess, National Journal reports.
Easing overseas demand, an oversupply of crude and weaker refining margins are combining to keep the pressure on crude prices despite ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine Monday, Reuters reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude fell 68 cents to $101.41 a barrel, while Brent crude dropped 66 cents to $107.73.
Republicans used their weekly broadcast to attack President Obama’s climate policy, which they say amounts to a “war on coal.” This week the address was delivered by Rep. Steve Daines of Montana, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. John Walsh for his seat, The Hill reports.
Despite ongoing concerns from the farming community – where her outreach efforts have had mixed success -- and continuing opposition from Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is refusing to back down from WOTUS, or Waters of the United States, the EPA’s proposed rule outlining which bodies of water it has jurisdiction over, National Journal reports.
The decision about lifting the ban on crude exports should rest on what’s good for the overall economy, not just what’s good for refiners, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told Platts Energy Week on Sunday.
The fight against a charge Rocky Mountain Power wants to impose on net metering customers is generating strong feelings in Utah and attracting attention from elsewhere around the country, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Although Commerce Department moves to slap duties on Chinese solar products are preliminary, they have already triggered an increase in prices and appear to have helped companies like SolarCity and SolarWorld, The New York Times reports.
International efforts to control emissions ahead of the next round of climate talks have been hit hard by Australia repealing its pioneering carbon tax, which has left Europe isolated in its efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russia will overcome any economic difficulties caused by Western sanctions over Ukraine, but also won’t respond with “hysterics” that descend into tit-for-tat impositions of retaliatory measures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists Monday, Reuters reports.