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Dems unveil bicameral group to tackle warming

January 24, 2013

Two Democratic leaders on climate change launched a task force today aimed at raising the issue's profile and helping lawmakers weigh in on how President Obama uses his existing authority to combat it.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said their new...

Approval of major Ariz. renewable energy development plan announced

January 21, 2013

The Obama administration has formally approved a renewable energy development plan in Arizona that establishes a new solar energy zone and identifies thousands of acres of public lands that are already disturbed or have low natural resource values as suitable for large-scale solar and wind-power...

Enviros sue FWS over whitebark pine protections

January 18, 2013

The whitebark pine, a tree that produces protein-rich seeds that grizzly bears and other animals feed on, is disappearing from the northern Rocky Mountains. Two Montana groups, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the WildWest Institute, are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and accusing...

Policy uncertainty hamstrings U.S. clean power development, says report

January 18, 2013

Wind, solar and other renewable sources are expected to account for about half the new electricity capacity installed worldwide over the next several years, but lingering uncertainty around U.S. energy policy is making the situation more difficult for domestic companies operating in those...

Yellowstone wolves down 25 percent

January 17, 2013

Natural deaths, run-ins with humans and hunting have combined to cut Yellowstone National Park’s wolf populations by about a quarter.

The latest count shows 15 wolves that ventured into Yellowstone over the past year were legally killed in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming hunts.

Eight to...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave cabinet position in March

January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend time with his family, his office has confirmed to The Denver Post.

Salazar is expected to broadly announce his departure Wednesday. He has told President...

Yosemite plan calls for more campsites and parking spaces

January 15, 2013

Yosemite Valley would have more camp sites and parking spaces — and the number of daily visitors would not be reduced — under a National Park Service plan intended to ease congestion in one of the country's most scenic spots.

The proposal is the agency's third attempt to produce a legally...

Bid to remove scenic designation on Merced River stirs controversy

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers from California's San Joaquin Valley are hoping to remove the "wild and scenic river" designation from part of the Merced River.

The change in status could allow officials to enlarge Lake McClure, which is a reservoir along the Merced River. The move would allow the lake to hold...

Obama settlement with green groups spurred major change in ESA listings

January 15, 2013

Now entering its third year, a landmark legal truce between the Obama administration and environmental groups has resulted in new and proposed protections for scores of new wildlife species, signaling a major shift in the government's use of the Endangered Species Act.

The legal...

Sage grouse protection plan would set aside 1.7 million acres in West

January 14, 2013

Federal biologists have found that Gunnison sage grouse are going extinct — victims of road, power-line and housing development in western Colorado.

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to protect survivors as endangered species using 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and...

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