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Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

Written by The AP Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:20

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

“I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said this week, after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

Report: Pipeline incident occurs every 30 hours in U.S.

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:40

With the U.S. Senate seet to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline today (Nov. 18), an analysis of federal records reveals the destructive toll of pipelines in the United States. In just the 16 months, there have been 372 oil and gas pipeline leaks, spills and other incidents, leading to 20 deaths, 117 injuries and more than $256 million in damages.

Groups sue seeking recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:14

A coalition of animal welfare and environmental groups has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for repeated failures over the past 38 years to develop a valid recovery plan for the imperiled Mexican gray wolf, one of the most endangered mammals in North America.

With only 83 individuals and five breeding pairs in the wild at last report, Mexican gray wolves remain at serious risk of extinction, according to the coalition. They say a recovery plan, a blueprint for rebuilding an endangered species’ population to sustainable levels, is necessary to ensure the lobos’ survival and is legally required under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Voters get chance to make statement on wolf hunts

Written by JOHN FLESHER,
AP environmental writer
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:13

Michigan voters will get a chance during the Nov. 4 election to send a message about whether hunters should be permitted to target the gray wolf, a hardy predator staking a new claim to the Upper Peninsula a half-century after being shot, poisoned and trapped into statewide oblivion.

The general election ballot will ask voters whether they approve or disapprove of laws allowing wolf hunts that the Legislature enacted in 2012 and 2013.

UN climate change expert: Keep hoping for agreement

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:29

A top U.N. climate change expert this week urged world governments not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check.

House votes for Keystone pipeline, sends bill to Senate

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 15:04

The GOP-controlled House approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 14, sending the bill on to the U.S. Senate to take up during the lame-duck session.

The Senate, currently under a Democratic majority, is expected to vote on a measure on Nov. 18, but the timeline could change.

U.S., China announce goals for climate action, the reaction

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:06

The United States and China on Nov. 12 made a groundbreaking announcement — ambitious goals for climate action and carbon pollution reductions.

President Barack Obama has pledged that by 2025 that keeps the United States on track to cut its carbon pollution by 80 percent by 2050, and setting a high bar for future administrations.

A stark warning in UN climate change report

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 November 2014 07:53

Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.

The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's giant climate assessment offered no surprises, nor was it expected to since it combined the findings of three reports released in the past 13 months.

Climate change threatens 314 North American birds

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:44

A brown pelican on the Gulf coast in Florida.

The golden-winged warbler — a striking silvery-gray bird with golden flashes on the head and wings — frolics in the shrubby tangles of the upper Midwest in the summer. But the “tzip” notes the warbler sings during courtship are becoming increasingly rare.

Congress, Senate could vote on Keystone XL

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:41

Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Nov. 12 after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

Republicans responded swiftly to Landrieu's maneuvering, scheduling a vote in the House on Thursday on an identical bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, Landrieu's Republican rival in a Dec. 6 runoff.

Global warming worsening watery dead zones

Written by SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP Science Writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 16:42

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study.

Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes oxygen and leaves the water depleted of oxygen, harming marine life.

Boston schools join Meatless Mondays campaign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:01

Students at Boston Public Schools are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their cafeterias on Mondays and are filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili and more.

The school district joined th Meatless Monday movement after working with The Humane Society of the United States and hearing from more than a thousand students, parents, teachers and Boston members of nonprofit encouraging the district to take part.

Oregon test: soy engineered for heavy pesticide exposure found in infant formula

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 October 2014 11:36

The Center for Food Safety says genetic testing confirmed the presence of soy genetically engineered by Monsanto for heavy pesticide exposure in infant formula that is being sold in Portland, Oregon. The organization announced the test results on Food Day 2014 and in advance of a vote in Oregon on whether to label genetically engineered foods.

CFS and Dr. Ray Seidler, the first EPA scientist to study genetically engineered crops and former professor at Oregon State University, worked together on carrying out the testing. With recent published studies confirming that genetically engineered soy has significantly higher levels of chemical herbicides than conventionally grown soy, the test findings raise concerns about increasing infant exposure to chemical herbicides.