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A warming trend has contributed to a sharp rise in the number and size of wildfires on forest lands in the U.S. West, where big burns are likely to become the norm, according to a report released on Tuesday by a climate research group.
New York Times
Scientists are at loggerheads over whether there is an ecological advantage to thinning forests and using prescribed fire to reduce fuel for subsequent fires — or whether those methods actually diminish ecological processes and biodiversity.
The U.S. Forest Service proposes thinning portions of the Black Hills National Forest, including 32,300 acres in Wyoming, to stop the mountain pine beetle from killing trees.
President Barack Obama blocked on Friday a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns, and the company said it would challenge the action in court.
New York Times
“The weather’s just that – dirty,” Mr. Gore said in the video, which was shown at the three-day Social Good Summit conference. “It’s fueled by dirty fossil fuel and misinformation.” For the November event, Mr. Gore’s Climate Reality Project will stream content about “dirty weather that’s occurred around the world in the last year,” said Maggie L. Fox, the project’s chief executive, who appeared in person to announce the segment.
A study done by the Rocky Mountain Research Station looks not at the questions: What will happen as population grows and management of wilderness becomes increasingly critical? Will we accept a loss of solitude in once soothing places, or will we apply limits to wilderness use?