In The News

April 23, 2014--Climate change the Earth Day target for Obama, U.S. officials (Environmental News Network)

An Earth Day Proclamation from President Barack Obama today contains a “dire” warning of the potent consequences of climate change and a pledge to protect Americans and all humankind from this looming problem  “that threatens us all.” “The first Earth Day was a call to action for every citizen, every family, and every public official.


April 23, 2014--Are large dams economical? (Ecologist)

A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. Researchers at Oxford University have found that planners and policymakers systematically underestimate the costs and time required to implement large dam projects.


April 23, 2014--Mercury in fishes from 21 national parks in the Western United States (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new report on mercury in fish. Here is the abstract: Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant and human activities have increased atmospheric Hg concentrations 3- to 5-fold during the past 150 years.


April 22, 2014--McPhee boat check could lose funding (Cortez Journal)

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have not been detected in McPhee Reservoir, but they’re causing havoc in nearby Lake Powell. Boat inspections at McPhee have been effective in keeping the pests out of local waters so far. However, with shrinking budgets for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Services, the critical checkpoints have an uncertain future.


April 22, 2014--Silverton flirting with Superfund? (Durango Herald)

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has tried to designate parts of Silverton a Superfund site. Yet for years, many locals have considered the word “Superfund” dirtier than Cement Creek. But tonight, the EPA is going to explain that word – and the years-long cleanup process a Superfund designation might entail – to San Juan County commissioners.