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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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Environmental Bill of Rights Put Forward in Nova Scotia

Last week Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) introduced an Environmental Bill of Rights in the provincial legislature. The proposed bill would enhance transparency of the government decision-making that revolves around ecosystems and the environment and give citizens a greater say in the political process.

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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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Yosemite: the jewel of the national park system

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces $95 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Projects

The news comes during National Park Week (April 16-24) and as Secretary Jewell prepares to deliver a major speech on the Obama Administration’s approach to conservation and the need for a change in course in order to assure the health and integrity of public lands, water and wildlife.

World Wildlife Day: The Future of Our Wild Heritage is in our Hands

World Wildlife Day: Building the Ark for the Future of Our Wild Heritage

The future of wildlife is in our hands – The UN named March 3 as World Wildlife Day at its 68th General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The designation aimed to coincide with adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) on March 3, 1973. CITES is an international agreement regulating the commercial trade in wild plant…

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US Wind Power leads the world

China Cuts Coal; US Wind Power Reaches New Heights

China’s scaling down coal and steel production capacity while U.S. wind power capacity reached 75 MW in 2015, adding momentum to the global drive to curtail GHG emissions.