(February 13, 2012)
Red Lodge Clearing House
The Resources for the Future think tank has proposed that the EPA “can set the stage for a more efficient reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by building an emission-trading program into standards for power plants, refineries and other industrial emitters”.
(February 11, 2012)
Last year, beetles expanded their range across national forests, private forestland, and the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the state of Wyoming. Aerial survey of the state showed an additional 167,000 acres infested, totaling 3.3 million infested acres since the first signs of outbreak in 1996.
(February 3, 2012)
After an unseasonably warm January across the lower 48, various markets are either hurting or benefiting. Natural gas prices and storage are being strained, as are cold-weather retail sales and ski tourism venues. Construction jobs are breaking ground earlier than normal, while local governments are gratefully spending less on heating bills, snow removal, and road repairs.
The fall in US heating demand:
Meanwhile, in Britain, a super-drought is feared after the driest year in the past 90 years, followed by the driest winter on record so far (The Guardian). In Australia, flooding is likely, but not definitely, attributable to climate change via warming ocean temperatures, on-track with climate model predictions since 1990.
(January 22, 2012)
The midge, a cold-hardy insect that feeds SE Minnesota trout throughout the winter, may not survive as water temps creep slowly upward. The insect remains active down to 6 degrees below zero, but can not reproduce in water warmer than a year-round average of 50 degrees.
New Climate Group:
This newly formed Montana group is made up of hunters and anglers who have made a pledge to defend the future against climate change. Memberships is free.