(April 24, 2012)
Red Lodge Clearinghouse/ EE News
“The Obama administration released draft plans last Friday for monitoring and offsetting impacts to wildlife and their habitat as a result of commercial-scale solar development on public lands in the Southwest.”
(April 24, 2012)
Bloomberg Business Week
California won temporary reinstatement of its low-carbon fuel standard, which was blocked last year by a federal judge on the basis that it was unconstitutional and discriminates against inter-state commerce.
(April 20, 2012)
Inside Climate News
According to a recent study, cap-and-trade and other measures to combat climate change and stimulate demand for renewable energy helped 10 Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states cut per-capita emissions of carbon dioxide 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation between 2000 and 2009. Download pdf here: A Record of Leadership_Study (428 kb).
(April 19, 2012)
The Billings Gazette
“Calling whitebark pine a critical component of high-elevation ecosystems, members of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee signed an agreement to unify efforts to inventory, monitor and manage the native species” across the greater Yellowstone area, which includes 2 national parks and 5 national forests.
(April 18, 2012)
University of Colorado, Boulder
“A series of papers published this month on ecological changes at 26 global research sites — including one administered by the University of Colorado Boulder in the high mountains west of the city — indicates that ecosystems dependent on seasonal snow and ice are the most sensitive to changes in climate.” In the reports, Long Term Ecological Research site scientists had to “come up with a new evaluation system the research sites that brings in the “human dimension,” said CU-Boulder Professor Mark Williams, the principal investigator on CU’s Niwot Ridge LTER site. “In the past we tried to look at pristine ecosystems, but those are essentially gone,” said Williams. “So we’ve come up with an approach that integrates human activities with our ecological research.”
(April 12, 2012)
New research points to a rise in ocean acidity from increased levels of atmospheric CO2 for the widespread failure of Pacific oysters to reproduce since 2005 in Washington’s Willapa Bay. The research, conducted by Oregon State University and NOAA Seattle, controlled for temperature, bacteria, and other factors to show pH as the controlling factor is oyster’s ability or failure to reproduce. According to The Seattle Times (April 12), the region produces one-sixth of the nation’s oysters, and has asked Congress for help replumbing hatcheries and developing monitoring systems to track upwelling events and the quality of incoming seawater.
New Website Resource:
The Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation is an alliance of professionals and citizens engaged in leading, managing, researching, advocating, funding, educating or setting policy to advance large landscape conservation initiatives.
The website is intended to:
- build a community of practice by linking practitioners to one another and to policy makers and resource professionals;
- provide information, tools, and resources related to the theory and practice of large landscape conservation; and
- provide a shared calendar for meetings and events.
One key way they are linking practitioners and resource professionals is by asking everyone interested or involved in large landscape conservation to join the network by completing a brief survey. They will use this information to help connect people and organizations who share a similar geography, focus, or strategic approach to large landscape conservation.