Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

June 2, 2014 to June 30, 2014

Climate Science Connections: Water in the West

This free interactive and self-paced course is built around panel discussions with hydrologists, policy makers, engineers, and science educators. In the course we explore challenges for water management in the Western US both at a large scale — using the Colorado River Basin Watershed as an example — and at small scale – using the Boulder Creek watershed as an example where flooding occurred on the heels of drought and wildfire damage.

In the Heart of Coal Country, Utahns Worry About a Toxic Ash

"Though much maligned for its invasion into the air Utahns breathe, carbon is an element that is everywhere, throughout the earth and in all living creatures. In the human body, it’s the second most abundant element, right after oxygen. And in the heart of Utah’s Carbon County, carbon—the primary stuff of coal—is the lifeblood of the residents and the hardscrabble communities formed to mine the black gold that has powered the world for generations."

Source: Salt Lake City Weekly, 05/22/2014
May 19, 2014 to May 23, 2014

Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects

Hundreds of wildfire experts will gather in Missoula, Montana for this innovative interdisciplinary conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF). Fees waived for credentialed reporters. A call-in Q&A news tele-conference on May 20th, 1:30-2:30 pm MDT, will offer a brief summary of the fire conference and an opportunity to connect fire science to fire news.

"U.S. Agency Ends Nevada Cattle Roundup, Releases Herd After Stand-Off"

"U.S. officials ended a stand-off with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert on Saturday, calling off the government's roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them."

Source: Reuters, 04/14/2014

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