Natural Resources

May 30, 2012 to June 1, 2012

2nd Annual U.S. Slow Living Summit

A national convening of cross-sector intelligence, ideas and action for sustainable living in a post-carbon world.

Salazar Cuts Back Plan To Develop Oil Shale on US Land in Rockies

"Federal authorities are planning to scale back a Bush-era push to open 2 million acres of public lands in the Rocky Mountain region for commercial oil-shale development — with support from Colorado agricultural, municipal and recreation industry leaders."

Source: Denver Post, 02/06/2012

UN Pitches Rio+20 Talks as Departure From Political Strife on Climate

"UNITED NATIONS -- This summer's sustainable development conference in Brazil, known as Rio+20, is emerging as an overt attempt by U.N. officials to shift away from the divisive politics of climate change to a broader debate on the green economy and how to bring it to developing nations."

Source: ClimateWire, 02/01/2012

"A Plea for Southern Treasures"

"The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has released its 2012 list of the Top 10 endangered places in the Southeast, environmentally speaking. While the list changes from year to year, certain places like the Chesapeake Bay remain a top concern — and issues like pollution from coal-fired power plants and the protection of public lands and old-growth forests are recurring themes. While the list only considers six states, the issues raised by each site resonate nationally, and even globally."

Source: Green/NYT, 01/31/2012

La. Scientists Working on Plan To Save Coastline, Fight Global Warming

"A team of Louisiana scientists is laying the groundwork for creating a new carbon storage industry that could both reduce the effects of global warming and rebuild wetlands along the state’s coastline. Sarah Mack, founder of New Orleans-based Tierra Resources, and Louisiana State University wetlands scientists John W. Day and Robert Lane have come up with a method for measuring the molecules of carbon removed from the atmosphere by the soils and plants that are created with coastal restoration projects."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/30/2012

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