Greenwire via Red Lodge Clearinghouse
The pilot program will recruit 40 veterans, who will be placed on four fire crews available to fight wildfires across the state. The new program is a collaborative effort among the New Mexico State Forestry Division, the Department of Veterans’ Services and the New Mexico Workforce Connection.
Driven by the fossil-fueled industrialization of Asia, carbon dioxide levels hit 395 parts per million in 2012, the highest level in four or five million years. That was an era when sea levels were around 80 feet higher and temperatures up to 10° Fahrenheit hotter. Disruptive climate change is pushing us towards great carbon-reduction. The biocarbon revolution will be driven by public policy, none more important than policies of the federal government. There is virtually no branch of the federal government where opportunities could not be uncovered. A starting place is to line out five federal biocarbon policy principles through which substantial biocarbon storage could be realized:
#1. Channel carbon revenues to biocarbon preserving/building activities.
#2. Incorporate explicit biocarbon goals in federal land conservation granting programs.
#3. Incorporate consideration of green infrastructure alternatives in federal granting programs.
#4. Move planning for federal lands and projects into an ecological services framework that includes carbon.
#5. Incorporate carbon reduction in resiliency efforts
National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
According to a newly-published NOAA-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, as the globe warms from rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, more moisture in a warmer atmosphere will make the most extreme precipitation events more intense.
The study reports that the extra moisture due to a warmer atmosphere dominates all other factors and leads to notable increases in the most intense precipitation rates.
The study also shows a 20-30 percent expected increase in the maximum precipitation possible over large portions of the Northern Hemisphere by the end of the 21st century if greenhouse gases continue to rise at a high emissions rate.
Carpe Diem West
Carpe Diem West released a report which spotlights successful, sustainable and economically sensible steps ten communities are taking to make sure they will have water in the decades to come. The report illustrates what communities can do to build a more secure water future and protect our rivers.Local communities are acting to build resilience to help them cope with a changing future.
Great Falls Tribune
Water rights could be temporarily leased to oil developers or other users under a bill meant to help meet soaring demand for water resulting from the oil development in northeastern Montana. Rep. Bill McChesney, D-Miles City, the sponsor of House Bill 37 would allow water rights holders to lease water for a different use for up to two years, without losing their senior rights. For example, a farmer with a water right for a particular piece of land could decide not to irrigate and lease access to the water for a different kind of use. The oil industry strongly supports the legislation because it streamlines the change-of-use process and and contains safeguards that ensure water is not pirated
Fire management in the Northern Rockies seek to understand how climate changes in fires affect management responses. Researchers created simulations of progressively warmer and drier or wetter climate scenarios for the Western U.S. that represent potential future fire and vegetation dynamics. They concluded that forest cover and structure are influenced by climate and fire regimes and that climate changes can modify fire regimes and facilitate forest to shrub and grassland transitions.