Sniffing Out Invasive Plant Species — Conservation Canines in Action

Plant species that take root outside their normal range and spread aggressively are wreaking havoc in ecosystems worldwide. But specially trained detection dogs are on the job, following their noses to find the invaders so they can be eradicated. Contributor Nancy Castaldo reports on a demo of this conservation tool by a scent-savvy Lab and his devoted handler.

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Millions Live Near Oil And Gas Wells That Are In The Path Of Wildfires

"As firefighters continue to battle more than two dozen active wildfires in California, new research has found that millions of people are living in close proximity to oil and gas wells that are in the potential path of flames."

Source: LA Times, 07/22/2024

Heavy Gear, Brutal Terrain, Backbreaking Work. Now Firefighters Face Heat

"When a wildfire started in the mountains of Fresno County late last month, much of California was on the cusp of a heat wave that would go on to smash records both for its intensity and duration. Over the next week and a half, as the Basin fire swelled to more than 14,000 acres and temperatures in the area reached 112 degrees, at least nine firefighters were treated for heat-related illness. Four were taken to local hospitals, three of them airlifted from the fire line."

Source: LA Times, 07/17/2024

BP-Owned Firm Selling Carbon Credits On Trees That Aren’t In Danger: Study

"Some forest carbon offsets sold by the biggest offsetting company in the United States offer little or no benefit to the climate, a satellite analysis has found."

Source: Floodlight/SourceMaterial, 07/12/2024


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