"Firefighters were working on Friday to contain several massive wildfires raging from Alaska to drought-hit California that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes and damaged dozens of structures."
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- Source: Reuters, 06/22/2015
"The southern pine beetle, which for generations has attacked forests throughout the southeastern United States, is methodically making its way into the Northeast, destroying thousands of trees in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere."Source: AP, 06/22/2015
Efforts to keep the invasive Asian Carp from migrating upstream caused Congress to shut down Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam. That will end end 52 years of barge traffic on the northernmost stretch of the Mississippi River.Source: NPR, 06/22/2015
"Drinking water wells in Texas counties that are home to intensive hydraulic fracturing operations contain elevated levels of more than two dozen metals and chemicals, including carcinogens, according to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology."Source: InsideClimate News, 06/22/2015
"Eastern cougars that once roamed North America from Canada to South Carolina are extinct and no longer warrant federal Endangered Species Act protections, US wildlife managers have said."Source: Reuters, 06/22/2015
"The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday reversed course, approving "fast-track" legislation central to President Barack Obama's trade deal with Pacific Rim nations and sending it back to the Senate."
"The West Coast is experiencing the largest bloom of toxic algae in more than a decade, prompting wide-ranging closures of commercial crab and shellfish harvesting."Source: EarthFix/KUOW, 06/19/2015
"Florida is moving toward expanding cattle grazing, hunting and other commercial activities in state parks to help make them self-sufficient, an idea raising alarms among conservationists."
Democrat presidential candidates (most recently Martin O'Malley) have been lining up with Pope Francis and calling for action on climate. GOP candidates (most recently Jeb Bush) have mostly opposed climate action, often saying religion should have no rule in public policy.Source: The Hill, 06/19/2015
"Petroleum coke, or 'petcoke,' is still a problem in Chicago despite city regulations, and it could quickly become a problem in other parts of the state if there are no limits or rules on storage of the toxic powdery byproduct of oil refining."Source: Midwest Energy News, 06/19/2015
"Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California beaches, marring the sandy coastline with streaks of red, as warm ocean currents carry them farther north and closer to shore than usual, officials said on Wednesday."
"The Senate Appropriations Committee [Thursday] morning approved the $30 billion fiscal 2016 spending bill for the Interior Department and U.S. EPA on a 16-14 party-line vote, as Democratic frustration with spending cuts and multiple policy riders boiled over."Source: Greenwire, 06/19/2015
"Heavily redacted report on the impact of fracking in the UK should be released in full, information commissioner tells environment department ".Source: Guardian, 06/19/2015
"Scientists are concerned that officials waited too long to order a ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that goes into effect July 1. The dire state of the sardine population is a cautionary tale about overharvesting these and other forage fish that are a critical part of the marine food web."Source: YaleE360, 06/19/2015
"As diseases such as Ebola and MERS jump from creatures to humans, we need to keep a closer eye on wildlife illnesses."Source: National Geographic, 06/19/2015