“The Wilderness Society applauds the actions by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall to introduce and guide the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act forward,“ said Michael Casaus, New Mexico Director with The Wilderness Society in Albuquerque.
This bill protects a wild area of Idaho called Boulder-White Clouds. The House of Representatives passed an identical bill so all that’s left to enact the legislation into law is President Obama’s signature.
The bad news about the dasparkhotel in Austria? The rooms are very small with just enough room for one bed, a lamp, and a small mural. They are also made out of old sewer pipes!
The good news is you only pay what you can afford! Not that bad of a deal. You can tell all your friends that you slept in a sewer pipe, too.
You can check out photos of the dasparkhotel over at Curbed.
[ Financial investment in power line studies for the southwest could protect wildlands and advance clean energy ]
Though the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made progress in improving transmission corridors, the lack of money for studies and public outreach has been a barrier.
On Wednesday, July 29, the Bureau of Land Management kicked off their listening sessions to hear local community input about reforming the federal coal leasing program – marking an opportunity for modernizing an outdated program.
Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, has become a hot topic of conversation on social media.
On Tuesday, Palmer issued a statement saying he regrets killing Cecil and that he blames his guides for allowing the lion’s death to occur.
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
That statement did little to quiet the debate around the incident, however. At this point, most readers have probably seen more than one person using social media to weigh in on the ethics of Cecil’s death or game hunting in general. Animal rights-minded celebs are sharing their thoughts on the matter as well.
You can see what they are saying via People here.
Cecil the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, then stalked for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.
An American dentist with an affinity for killing rare wildlife using a bow and arrow has been identified as the man who shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion earlier this month, local officials claim.
The Zimbabwe tourism department also sent out a tweet early Tuesday identifying Palmer as the man who killed Cecil, using the hashtag #illegalhunt.
The page for his practice has been removed from Facebook. The phone at his dental office has remained off the hook since the hunter’s name was first published, and a Yelp profile associated with the practice has been flooded with hundreds of negative reviews.
“It was a magnificent, mature lion. We did not know it was well-known lion. I had a license for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot,” Bronkhorst said.
The African lion is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and classified as moderately protected under CITES — an international wildlife protection agreement — but is allowed to be hunted in some countries. Trophies can be easily imported into the U.S. as long as a CITES export document is obtained from the country the animal was killed in.
Read the full story from The Huffington Post here.
An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save Pennsylvania families money, if meeting the plan includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses.
Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricity.
But research by Georgia Institute of Technology and Synapse Energy Economics finds it would actually cut utility bills by using conservation and renewable energy.
Professor Marilyn Brown from the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy says efficiency and shifting to wind, solar and biomass should make a typical utility bill somewhat smaller.
“We see a reduction of, depending on the state, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent rather than an increase,” she relates.
She says business as usual would mean bills 9 percent higher by 2030.
The EPA is expected to announce exact details of the plan in the next month or two.
The plan would reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants as part of the agency’s strategy to help address global climate change.
Brown says families in Pennsylvania would save nearly $400 a year.
“Pennsylvania households in the year 2030 would pay $390 less for their electricity consumption for a year with the clean power pathway,” she points out.
Synapse Energy Economics, an environmental consulting firm, projects that Pennsylvania families would actually save a little more than what Georgia Tech found, according to Elizabeth Stanton, an economist with Synapse.
“Pennsylvania households taking advantage of energy efficiency programs under the proposed Clean Power Plan would save $38 dollars a month on average in 2030,” she states.
The big coal and oil corporations, and their allies in Congress, are waging an all out fight against the Clean Power Plan. Still, several opinion polls find popular support for EPA plans to cut carbon emissions.
-Dan Heyman, Keystone State News Connection