Wildfire Stories 2012: Fire Weather

There has to be a moment. Imagine the fire nearly out. Your smokejumper or hotshot or engine crew is nearby, each of you working the still burning stumps, the residue on the ground that might still catch a bit of wind and grow again toward fire. Tired, exhausted really, but also proud. The rush of physical work done well. But you get to think a bit now, to look at the forest or hillside in a bit of context. You feel good, but in truth...

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Fracking In Britain: Cuadrilla Resources Freezes Plans For Drilling Near Balcombe, West Sussex

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Oil exploration at a site in rural England that sparked anti-fracking protests two weeks ago will be put on hold later this month and reconsidered next year with the freeze hailed a “cautious victory” by campaigners. Shale gas driller Cuadrilla Resources on Tuesday withdrew an application to extend drilling and horizontal well testing at a site near Balcombe village in...

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World Bank Targets Pollution Action Through Funds For Developing Nations

OSLO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The World Bank said on Tuesday it was planning “aggressive action” to help developing nations cut emissions of soot and other air pollutants blamed for causing climate change, in a shift also meant to protect human health and aid crop growth. Of its funding to poor nations, almost 8 percent – $18 billion from 2007-12 – goes to sectors such as energy, farming, waste and transport...

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Despite Concern, Plenty of Hope for Great Lakes
Sep03

Despite Concern, Plenty of Hope for Great Lakes

Northern pike (Esox lucius) are one of many aquatic species that depend on healthy Great Lakes to thrive. (Image credit: Shedd Aquarium/Solomon David) August brought challenging news for the Great Lakes. Researchers announced the expansion of a in Lake Michigan near Green Bay. Fed by phosphorus from agricultural and urban runoff, the dead zone at times covers 40 percent of the bay’s freshwater estuary, creating an...

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Guns and the Environment: Conservation Begins With Wildlife

Americans have been arguing about hunting and the environment since our founding. Once British rule disappeared, many of the Colonial regulations and laws that governed hunting no longer applied, and many of these laws were repugnant to Americans because they reflected the English tradition that allowed only the upper classes to engage in outdoor sport. But hunting by everyone, particularly commercial hunters, resulted in the...

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Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum
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Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum

Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was designed by Rick Hauser of In.Site:Architecture to meet the client’s request for an energy-efficient house that utilized materials from a deteriorating barn for its structure and skin. The main structural elements of the home were built using timber frames, while reclaimed barn siding served as the exterior skin. [...] Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was...

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