Stories tagged: environment
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:31 p.m.
Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016
Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss
The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year
Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied?
The Army Corps of Engineers’ refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but …
Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
North Dakota emergency officials: We won’t let pipeline protesters freeze
The head of North Dakota’s emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017
City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter
So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
1st U.S. offshore wind farm to begin production within days
There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Invasive mussels problem prompts emergency declaration
Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a natural resource emergency after aquatic invasive mussels were detected in Montana waters for the first time.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 9:20 a.m.
NYPD’s scooters giving way to Smart cars
The New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 7:09 a.m.
More Hanford workers report possible tank vapors
Three more Hanford workers reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor Thursday afternoon in central Hanford and received medical evaluations.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:20 p.m.
Coal-export project called ‘flawed’ by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as inadequate a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Fight brewing over how U.S. plans to use public lands in West
U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 12:18 p.m.
Carnival’s Princess line to pay $40 million fine in pollution case
Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to pay a $40 million penalty and plead guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place
The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 2 p.m.
Massive Chernobyl shelter safely put over exploded reactor
Workers completed a massive shelter over the Chernobyl nuclear plant’s exploded reactor on Tuesday, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world that one expert said had closed …
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 5 a.m.
California targets dairy cows to combat global warming
California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Order to disperse could have little effect on oil pipeline protest camp
A government order for protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline to leave federal land could have little immediate effect on the encampment where scores of people have been gathered for …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Salem dumps raw sewage into Willamette River during storm
The city of Salem says it dumped nearly 20 million gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River last week after heavy rains overwhelmed its sewer system.
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
Denmark urged to clean up U.S. military waste in Greenland
Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 12:36 p.m.
City weighs key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast
As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would store and move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are …
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 9:49 a.m.
Svalbard sees ‘shocking’ temperatures near freezing point
The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists said …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
State agencies warn marijuana growers of pesticide use
APNewsNow. BEND, Ore. (AP) – State agencies are reminding marijuana producers to limit their use of pesticides in the wake of two recent public health alerts.
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Oregon groups push for wilderness area around Crater Lake
Oregon conservation groups are putting pressure on Congress to designate a large swath of public land, including Crater Lake National Park, as a federal wilderness area.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
Vladimir Putin optimistic about OPEC deal; Russia ready to freeze output
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he sees no obstacles to an OPEC agreement this month after oil exporters made major progress in overcoming differences as he reaffirmed Russia is willing …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone National Park
U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 8:35 a.m.
Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030
Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Federal center studying milkweed to help monarch butterflies
The USDA’s Aberdeen Plant Materials Center has started trials to determine the best planting methods for establishing stands of milkweed – a plant that fills a critical life-cycle niche for …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools
Cleveland’s school district will replace hundreds of drinking fountains, restroom faucets, outdoor spigots and other water fixtures after tests found high lead levels in the water at 60 of its …