Environment

Radioactivity detected in 2 places at Czech nuclear plant

Written by The AP Monday, 06 July 2015 10:53

 An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant.

Temelin plant spokesman Marek Svitak says the radioactivity was at very low levels.

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Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens injured by earthquakes that were possibly triggered by oil and gas operations can sue for damages.

Survey: only 50 vaquita porpoises remain on Earth

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 22 June 2015 13:34

A new scientific report finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth.

The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California.

Eastern puma is declared extinct

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:28

The eastern puma is extinct, declared so by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.

The federal agency announced the puma's demise as it removed the eastern puma from the list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act. 

Report: Polar bears in grave danger due to global warming

Written by Mark Thiessen,
AP writer
Saturday, 04 July 2015 05:09

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, according to a blunt U.S. government report.

Fish and Wildlife denies petition to reclassify gray wolves as 'threatened'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:09

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on June 30 denied a petition from 22 conservation and animal welfare groups to reclassify nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act — a step that would continue federal oversight and funding for wolf recovery and encourage the development of a national recovery plan.

Buzzkill: The race to save pollinating honeybees

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 19 June 2015 09:24

“Christopher Robin, I’ve come to a very important decision: THESE ARE THE WRONG SORTS OF BEES!” Pooh Bear exclaimed after he went up to the honey tree in the 100 Acre Woods.

Study rebuts doubters: No stop, no slowdown of global warming

Written by The AP Tuesday, 16 June 2015 06:31

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950: about two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade.

Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

Written by By AUDREY McAVOY,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 18:34

A federal judge this week ruled that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and Hawaii law and invalid.

The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order.

Why an island in Mille Lacs is vital to the common tern

Written by ANN WESSEL,
St. Cloud Times
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:22

Hennepin Island — a jumble of boulders left by the glaciers and rearranged by shifting lake ice — is remote, wave-ravaged and populated by ring-billed gulls poised for a take-over.

Pope Francis' call for action on climate change fails to move Republicans

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 19 June 2015 09:02

Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans, while a number of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely.

"I don't want to be disrespectful, but I don't consider him an expert on environmental issues," said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, a senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a comment echoed by others in his party.

EPA releases web-based environmental justice mapping tool

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 June 2015 06:11

The EPA this month released EJSCREEN, a web-based environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides information communities need to assess environmental and health problems and disparities.

EJSCREEN provides high resolution maps showing nationally-based demographic and environmental information that helps the user understand potential environmental justice issues in a particular area.