Massive Medicine Bow logging plan sparks critics

photo: forest. Massive Medicine Bow logging plan sparks critics

Conservation and water interests are at odds over a plan to log, cut, burn and build roads across 562 square miles of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments by Monday, Aug. 20 on its “landscape vegetation analysis” that would authorize timber and brush removal over a 15- to 20-year period. The action is necessary “to ensure the future health of the MBNF,” which has … [more…]

How One Kid Stopped the Contamination of a River

photo: Stella Bowles, citizen scientist and environmentalist

Stella Bowles was 11 years old when she first donned her rubber boots to test for water contamination in the LaHave River, which runs beside her home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada.

“I wanted to swim in the water, and Mom’s always said no,” Bowles told CityLab. But in 2015, after hearing her mom, Andrea Conrad, say that their neighbors were using illegal straight pipes, Bowles asked … [more…]

A marine phytoplankton virus affects cloud formation

photo: Emiliana huxleyi. A marine phytoplankton virus affects cloud formation

Photo: the phytoplankton species Emiliana huxleyi, coming soon to a cloud near you.

A species of marine phytoplankton that explodes after contracting a virus may play a role in regulating Earth’s climate, a new study finds.

Emiliania huxleyi is a type of single-celled plant-like organism called a coccolithophore that occurs ubiquitously in the world’s oceans. Under the right conditions, it multiplies rapidly to form giant aggregations, known as blooms, up … [more…]

Drought Forces Hard Choices for Farmers and Ranchers in the Southwest

map: Drought Forces Hard Choices for Farmers and Ranchers in the Southwest

Large reservoirs have buffered urban areas in the Southwest from the worst of the year’s dry conditions, but rural farmers and ranchers are bearing the brunt of water shortages and the economic fallout.

CHESTER, Utah – It’s only the beginning of August – typically the height of the farming season – but the irrigation ponds here in Sanpete County ran dry a month ago. They are now filled with brush … [more…]

Report finds toxins in dozens of public water systems across the USA

photo: US EPA officials. Troubling report finds toxins are turning up in dozens of public water systems across the US

Photo: US Environmental Protection Agency’s Peter Grevatt and Cosmo Servidio listen to members of the public comment during a PFAS Community Stakeholder Meeting in Horsham, Pennsylvania on July 25, 2018. AP

  • Toxins are turning up in dozens of public water systems across the United States, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, and Delaware, according to a report by the AP.
  • The water systems are reportedly testing positive for dangerous levels of
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