US Supreme Court to hear six cases with important environmental implications. Issues involved are: use of sonar in Naval training; logging in California; power plant operation; disposal of mining wastes; royalties paid to the Navajo Nation on coal leases; and liability under Superfund law.
New U.S. refineries will process crude oil from Canada's Tar Sands, which means that much of the pollution associated with that refining will occur in the lower 48.
Compact fluorescent lighting reduces energy use, but what's the trade-off in mercury exposure via broken bulbs and disposal? Now a team of Yale scientists has estimated where there will be a net increase or decrease in mercury emissions.
The future of alternative energy development in coastal US waters will likely become clearer at the end of March 2007, when a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be released.
A new report on environmental justice issues is scheduled to be released in mid-March 2007.
Spurred by recent tsunami and hurricane disasters in the US and around the world, NOAA, USGS, and other government agencies are taking a closer look at the hazards lurking on US shores.
Although the evidence is not yet ironclad, two recent reports support fears that populations of hundreds of bird species strongly dependent on water bodies are declining in much of the world.
An extensive report on the growing threats posed to the Colorado River system by climate change, drought, and increasing population is scheduled to be released Feb. 21, 2007.
The direction of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) likely will become clearer at the end of February 2007.
In the wake of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans, the US Army Corps of Engineers has increased its investigations of the safety of thousands of levees around the country.