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Former NASA head says mining oil sands will make...

May 24, 2013
While visiting London, climate scientist James Hansen continued his efforts against the exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, saying that "oil from tar sands makes sense only for a small number of people who are making a lot of money from that product." Last month, Hansen left his position at NASA...

Energy company aims to turn Colo.'s dead...

May 24, 2013
Xcel Energy Inc. wants to use beetle-killed trees and other forest waste in Colorado to generate electricity. The Minneapolis-based company announced yesterday in a filing to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that it plans to seek bidders willing to build and operate a 2-megawatt power plant...

Groups sue BLM over grazing in Ariz. national...

May 24, 2013
Two environmental groups yesterday filed a lawsuit in a federal district court challenging the Bureau of Land Management's decision to allow livestock grazing in a half-million-acre national monument in Arizona, claiming the decision was based on a "deeply flawed pseudoscientific analysis." The...

Water bills propose desalination, hydropower and...

May 24, 2013
The debate over the federal government's role in research and development will turn to desalination technology this week, as a House Natural Resources Committee subpanel weighs whether to renew a 16-year-old funding program. On Thursday, the committee's subpanel on Water and Power will consider...

Farmers struggle as aquifer runs dry

May 24, 2013
The southern part of the High Plains Aquifer, located in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, is running out of water. About one-fifth of farmland along a 100-mile stretch of the aquifer has gone dry. Farmers relied on the aquifer for water during the last two drought-stricken years. And now the Kansas...

Wiretap ruling could haunt environmental lawsuits

May 24, 2013
A Supreme Court ruling on the government's international wiretapping operations could impinge on efforts by advocacy groups to file lawsuits under environmental laws, according to some experts in environmental law. In a 5-4 decision in February, the court held in Clapper v. Amnesty International...

Groups urge BLM to revise policy for keeping O...

May 23, 2013
Environmental groups today urged the Bureau of Land Management to overturn its decades-old policy of keeping secret the names of companies that nominate public lands for oil and gas leasing. The letter to Neil Kornze, BLM's principal deputy director, is a sign that environmentalists intend to...

Protest could delay Forest Service's update...

May 23, 2013
A Missoula, Mont.-based air tanker company has protested a Forest Service plan to issue contracts for seven new air tankers, potentially hampering the agency's ability to battle wildfires well into the 2013 season. Neptune Aviation Services yesterday protested the contracts to the Government...

Researchers, hunting for climate consensus, find...

May 23, 2013
There's a "minuscule" amount of climate skepticism among scientists studying global warming, according to new research that contrasts starkly to the opinions of a large segment of the public that sees no consensus among experts. Ninety-seven percent of scientific study summaries, known as abstracts...

Experts say more funding, coordination needed to...

May 22, 2013
Invasive weeds will infest more than 100 million acres of public lands by 2017 if the federal government does not pick up its pace tackling the problem, a weed scientist warned lawmakers yesterday. Federal agencies treated 3.2 percent of public land infested with invasive weeds in 2009 -- far less...
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