Effects of Climate Change Could Wipe Out Many Landmarks
Climate change is putting historic and cultural landmarks around the USA at risk, according to a report released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a non-profit science advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. "Sea-level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and more frequent large wildfires are damaging archaeological resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes across the nation," says the report, "National Landmarks at Risk."
EPA Report Shows Impact of Changing Climate on Americans' Health and Environment
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third edition of a report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States. The report pulls together observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.
Forest Service Plans Vast Sierra Logging
National Forests Begin New Era of Cooperation After Rim Fire
Lake Tahoe: Sierra Nevada Paradise Offers More Than Stunning Scenery
The streams of summer visitors to California's great sapphire jewel in the Sierra Nevada might seem a little farther away when you're dangling 40 feet above the forest floor, your brain a heady mix of pine-scented adrenaline. Or you're lazing in a kayak, adrift in the cool early morning air over the glassy water's surface, shards of mountain framing the distant shoreline. Or maybe you're perched on a volcanic outcropping a thousand feet above the lake with nothing but the wind in your ears.
California Orders Hundreds of Water Users in San Joaquin Valley to Stop Drawing from Rivers and Streams
California officials ordered another round of sweeping water diversion cuts Friday to manage limited stream flows during the drought, this time affecting 1,634 water users in the San Joaquin River watershed.
USDA launches $1.2 Billion in Competitive Grants for Conservation Projects
The federal government is taking a new approach to conservation with a $1.2 billion program in the Farm Bill that will include competitive grants for soil and water improvements in eight regions, including the longleaf pine forests of North Carolina and other Southern states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday.
Aid Improved for Sierra Nevada Amphibians
Citing the effects of climate change, invasive species and disease, regulators listed three Sierra Nevada amphibians under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Rivers Council had originally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad in 2000. Four years later, the two environmental groups legally challenged the agency's "warranted but precluded by higher listing priorities" determination.
Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change in Remarkable Ways Before Our Very Eyes
The good news is that as the Earth warms up and weather patterns change, animals are adapting in surprising ways that might buy ecosystems a temporary respite. The bad news is that these adaptations aren't coming nearly quickly enough. Here are some of the ways in which nature is already responding to large-scale climate change — and why this isn't necessarily a good thing.
Rare Chance to See Bears Hunt Trout at Independence Lake
If you hit it right at Independence Lake, high in the Sierra Nevada, the scene can be like a wildlife movie filmed in Yellowstone. Along a stream that feeds into Independence Lake, bears sometimes emerge from the forest to feed on spawning cutthroat trout, just as occurs in the Yellowstone River above Yellowstone Lake. Some of the females have two cubs with them.