America’s National Parks and Historic Sites Feel the Heat From Climate Change
On Wednesday the National Park Service released a report by two of its scientists confirming that 289 of America’s parks and historic sites are experiencing climate change. That is, many are getting and staying hotter for longer, enduring more severe spikes in temperature, seeing Biblical deluges, or losing beach to erosion and rising tides. No great surprise, really. The report is not alarmist but matter-of-fact: If future generations are to spend the Fourth of July visiting Jamestown, Va., say, or Harpers Ferry, W.Va., or floating on Lake Mead on the Nevada-Arizona border, steps will need to be taken—and soon—to better protect them.
Our Voice: Climate Change is Real
Increasing temperatures are having a slow but dramatic affect on plants, animals and people in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. As part of a three-part series on climate change, a Desert Sun analysis of more than 30 weather stations throughout the Southwest found that average monthly temperatures were 1.7 degrees hotter in the past 20 years than the average in the decades before 1960. Nighttime lows rose an average 3 degrees. Palm Springs is 3.4 degrees hotter and nighttime lows are 6 degrees warmer.
BLM Extends Nomination Deadline for Northern Calif. Advisory Council
Feds Shell Out Money to Counties With National Lands
Beyond Limits: Nevada's Natural Beauty Open to All
It's probably easier to list places in Nevada Dennis Boulton and Deborah Wall haven't been than to identify spots they've visited. Wall is a guidebook author and Boulton, a former Reno resident and retired geologist, has logged countless miles around the state in his own right. But when it comes to travel the memories that stand out for each of them involve sharing great finds with other people.
California Toughens Enforcement of Water Violations
California’s water cops on Wednesday approved emergency drought regulations aimed at forcing water users to act swiftly when told to stop diverting water from streams.
Water-Saving Techniques Should be Taught to Farmers, Study Urges
Farmers need to be more water efficient, and government funds should be used to help train them how, according to a new study. If California approves a water bond, the study’s authors want part of it to pay for “farmer outreach, education and assistance programs for on-farm water-use best management practices.”
USDA, BLM Accelerating Sage Grouse Protection in California, Nevada to Head Off Listing
The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve habitat in what one top official says may be the best, last chance to keep the bistate population off the list of threatened species. "This is the last train out of the station," Jason Weller, chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, told The Associated Press. While the multiagency effort targets grouse habitat in California and Nevada, officials said they hope it will spread in years to come to the overall habitat of the greater sage grouse across 11 western states.
Disasters Push Wildlife Near Yosemite into Groveland
A small town in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite National Park has turned into something that resembles "Wild Kingdom." Wildlife is finding its way into town in the search for food and water across range stricken by fire and drought.
Environmental Lawsuits Cast Shadow Over Fireworks Shows
Lake Murray will remain dark this Fourth of July. For the third consecutive year, community organizers have chosen not to host the traditional music festival and fireworks show. They blame the ongoing legal uncertainty created by lawsuits that challenged the city's approval of special events permits for fireworks shows in La Jolla. Environmentalist lawyers argued in court that state law forbids the city to approve special events permits for fireworks shows without reviewing and mitigating for the environmental impact of the event. A judge agreed, and though appeals were underway, the city council voted April 29 to settle the cases instead.