Environment

Illegal logging in Mexico further imperils monarch butterfly

Written by Mark Stevenson,
AP writer
Friday, 28 August 2015 05:40

Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced.

ExxonMobil gets reduced settlement after toxic pollution in New Jersey

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:26

A New Jersey court on Aug. 25 approved a settlement between ExxonMobil and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state.

The settlement gives the oil giant a more than 98 percent discount on the state’s original price tag for restoring and replacing the resources, according to environmental advocates.

Clinton edges to Obama's left on climate change

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 19 August 2015 07:28
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Hillary Clinton. — PHOTO: facebook.com/hillaryclinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president.

Record rainfall brings swarms of dragonflies to Chicago

Written by AP Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:56

It’s a boom year for dragonflies — and their prey — along Lake Michigan because of record rainfall, according to a wildlife expert.

Environmental coalition demands regs to stop dumping of drilling, fracking waste

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:01

A coalition of environmental organizations on Aug. 26 filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

1st wolf pack in decades seen in northern California

Written by JEFF BARNARD,
Associated Press
Monday, 24 August 2015 12:16

California has its first wolf pack since the state's gray wolf population went extinct in 1924.

State and federal authorities announced that a remote camera captured photos earlier this month of two adults and five pups in southeastern Siskiyou County.

Obama administration wants to cut methane emissions

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 07:11

The Obama administration wants to cut methane from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels.

The move was not unexpected.

Waste from thousands of mines creates toxic stew beneath western U.S.

Written by The AP Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:50

Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.

Navajo farmers reject use of water after toxic spill in Colorado

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:51

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.

The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President Duane "Chili" Yazzie said Monday.

Earth in July hottest on record

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 24 August 2015 09:17

July's average temperature was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit, beating the previous global mark set in 1998 and 2010 by about one-seventh of a degree, according to figures released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's a large margin for weather records, with previous monthly heat records broken by a 20th of a degree or less.

Groups opposed to a Canadian plan to bury radioactive waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore protested with a rally in Port Huron.

The event took place on Aug. 16 at Pine Grove Park.

Warm ‘blob’ off northwest coast wreaks havoc with marine life

Written by Tara Kulash,
The Oregonian
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 03:29

The crested auklet and other marine birds of the Pacific Northwest are dying off at 100 times their normal mortality rate

Weird things are happening off the Pacific Coast.