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[ 12 great places for birding in wildlands – and more ]

Drilling, mining and of course logging all endanger bird habitat, so wilderness areas and wildlife refuges are crucial to the survival of some species. Some have of these wild areas even been designated Important Birding Areas – sites that provide essential habitat for one or more bird spec

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[ 3 Factors Shape Obama’s Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline ]

The State Department released its final environmental impact statement Friday.

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[ 9 tips for birdwatching in wildlands ]

About 46 million Americans observe birds every year, according to a 2011 U.S.

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[ Alan Jackson, Kid Rock Head SeaWorld Lineup ]

The show is going on.

SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday announced performers Alan Jackson and Kid Rock will headline a concert series in which nine other performers dropped out following the release of a documentary critical of the marine park.

Jackson will perform this Saturday at the Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series, followed by Kid Rock on Sunday. Other performers haven’t been announced.

Nine recording artists had backed out of performing at the SeaWorld Orlando concert series, including country singers Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, as well as rock performers Heart, 38 Special and Barenaked Ladies. They made their decision after fans launched campaigns on Change.org citing the documentary “Blackfish.”

“Blackfish” explores what may have caused an orca to kill veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

Source:  Pollstar

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[ Shell pulls out of Arctic Chukchi summer drilling; decision could be permanent ]

Shell pulls out of Arctic Chukchi summer drilling; decision could be permanent

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[ Keeping Super Bowl Lights On: An Extra Line, Generators in Place ]

After infrared imaging of stadium circuitry, installation of an extra power line, and an assist from biodiesel generators, the NFL is confident the lights will stay on at Super Bowl XLVIII.

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[ EPA Awards Almost $9 Million in Grants to Researchers Working to Improve Water Quality ]

Today at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced grants to four research institutions, including Pennsylvania State University Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions, for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems,
and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

“These grants will go towards research to help us better manage nutrients and better protect our precious water resources from the dangers of nutrient pollution, especially in a changing climate,” said Administrator McCarthy.

When excessive nitrogen and phosphorus enter our waterways — usually via stormwater runoff and industrial activities — our water can become polluted.  Nutrient pollution has impacted many streams, rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters for the past several decades, resulting in serious environmental and
health issues, and negatively impacting the economy. For example, nutrient pollution can reduce oxygen levels in water, leading to illnesses in fish and the death of large numbers of fish. In some cases nutrient pollution leads to elevated toxins and bacterial growth in waters that can make people sick.

The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants, announced by Administrator McCarthy today, are an integral part of EPA’s research on water quality and availability. Improving existing water infrastructure is costly, which makes creating new and sustainable approaches to water use, reuse and nutrient management important.

These grants support sustainable water research and demonstration projects consistent with a comprehensive strategy for managing nutrients and active community engagement throughout the research process.

The following institutions received grants:

— Pennsylvania State University Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions, to focus on nutrient flows in Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake basin;

— University of South Florida Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management, to support Tampa Bay and similar coastal areas as they face problems of aging wastewater collection and treatment systems, and rapid population growth;

— Colorado State University, Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients, for linking physical, biological, legal, social and economic aspects of nutrient management in the Western and Eastern United States; and

— Water Environment Research Foundation, Alexandria, Va, National Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management, for innovative research in nutrient reduction through resource recovery and behavioral factors affecting acceptance and implementation.

For more information on the grants and projects, visit http://epa.gov/ncer/nutrient.

For more information on EPA-funded research supporting water quality and availability, visit http://www.epa.gov/research/waterscience.

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[ Study: Choosing a home close to nature improves mental health – for years ]

new study reports that moving to live closer to “green spaces” not only improves mental health immediately, but that the change is sustained for a sig

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[ Propane Shortages Leave Many U.S. Homeowners in the Cold ]

Many homes are turning into iceboxes this month as heating fuel runs short and utilities urge customers to lower thermostats.

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[ Statement from Jamie Williams on the State of the Union Address ]

Neil Shader

“It’s exciting to hear President Obama commit tonight to protecting America’s natural and cultural treasures.  The Antiquities Act has a long history with presidents of both parties who have us

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