A deal to finalize the protection of the largest coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth is imminent. Covering a massive swath of Canada’s Pacific coast, the Great Bear Rainforest agreement will be one of the world’s most complex environmental victories and stands to be a global model for overcoming viciously intractable conflicts.
It is easy for Martin Luther King Day to be co-opted into a pat on the back for the United States with the first African-American in the White House serving his last year of his second term.
If you drive down Porter Ranch Boulevard – past the banal shopping center with a Petco and a JoAnn Fabrics, up into the brown hills, across the subdivision with identical clay tile roofs – you would have little sense of why this Los Angeles suburb has made national news.
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Barack Obama belittled the Keystone XL pipeline debate even as he brought it to a close. The project, which would have delivered heavy, oil-sands crude from Western Canada to the Gulf Coast, “has occupied what I, frankly, consider an overinflated role in our political discourse,” he said Friday.
Mulching leaves into the lawn instead of raking them could produce better grass, suggests new research – and keep giant leaf bags out of landfills. Raking leaves, bagging them up, and hauling them away is standard autumnal practice, but scientists and conservationists are beginning to argue you should leave your leaves to be mulched – and risk the side-eye from your tidy-lawned neighbors.
After a lengthy hearing pitting environmentalists against the state Department of Environmental Protection, a Senate committee yesterday approved a measure that could force the agency to withdraw a proposal to streamline water regulations.
For immediate release: the Christie administration announces placement of colorful new recycling bins in the DEP building lobby, further evidence of Gov. Chris Christie’s commitment to protecting the environment. Did you miss that particular press release from the DEP’s energetic press office, which daily churns out articles on how “green” the Christie administration is?
As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury in their bodies. A new study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz shows that elephant seals shed significant amounts of mercury during molting, resulting in elevated concentrations of the toxic metal in coastal waters near the elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo State Reserve.
Peruvian indigenous protesters seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block Tuesday to press the government to respond to demands for compensation due to the pollution caused by the petroleum operations. The protesters from the Achuar indigenous communities said they also plan to halt output in a nearby concession.
By almost any calculation, the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is one of the most isolated places in the contiguous United States. Although about half a million people a year hike Grand Canyon trails, only a tiny fraction of them make the arduous trek to the bottom, almost a mile from the surface.