"The biggest icebergs breaking off Antarctica unexpectedly help to slow global warming as they melt away into the chill Southern Ocean, scientists said on Monday."
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- Source: Reuters, 01/12/2016
"Large numbers of migrating Yellowstone National Park bison are likely to face slaughter for at least the next couple of winters as officials weigh changes to a 15-year-old agreement that drives the practice, the park's superintendent said."
"NEW ORLEANS — The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper."
"Government officials will consider new protections for a small, fanged predator [the fisher] that thrives in old-growth forests of the Northern Rockies over concerns that trapping, habitat loss and poisoning could be harming the animal's population."
The staple banana variety available in U.S. supermarkets -- often the ONLY variety -- is threatened by a tropical fungus that is slowly killing it off as it spreads across the globe. The question is whether new, resistant varieties can be found and developed.Source: NPR, 01/12/2016
"This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the historic Migratory Bird Treaty. Environmentalists find much to celebrate, but challenges remain for migratory bird populations."Source: Christian Science Monitor, 01/12/2016
"The demise of a deal to end decades of feuding on the Klamath River could rekindle old battles over water use and dams in a remote corner of California."Source: LA Times, 01/11/2016
"Coal production in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years thanks in part to low natural gas prices and climate policies encouraging utilities to switch to natural gas to generate electricity."Source: Climate Central, 01/11/2016
"More than 16 months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces reclaimed Mosul Dam from Islamic State fighters, the structure faces a new threat: the danger that it may collapse because of insufficient maintenance, overwhelming major communities downstream with floodwaters."Source: NY Times, 01/11/2016
"Citing German privacy laws, Volkswagen has refused to provide emails or other communications among its executives to attorneys general in the United States, impeding American investigations into the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, according to officials in several states."Source: NY Times, 01/11/2016
"California governor’s state-of-emergency declaration includes requirement that gas utility pay to fully mitigate the leak's emissions of methane."Source: InsideClimate News, 01/11/2016
"The government of Nunavut said it will be meeting with the federal government later this month to begin discussions on marine protected areas in the territory."Source: CBC News, 01/11/2016
"FLINT, MI – Federal prosecutors are investigating Flint's water crisis, an official said."Source: Flint Journal, 01/11/2016
"As the price of oil plunges to its lowest point in 12 years — and threatens to drag the broader U.S. economy down with it — lawmakers say Congress should consider helping teetering energy companies with policy fixes beyond the decision to lift the oil-export ban."Source: The Hill, 01/11/2016
"Kentucky may be the nation’s third-leading coal producer, but over the years it has increasingly turned to other states to supply coal for its power plants."Source: McClatchy, 01/11/2016