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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant snared in legal, regulatory morass

Despite such protests as last weekend’s demonstration against thermal pollution of the Connecticut River, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has recently come to stand for the proposition that, when a nuclear plant reaches the end of its 40 year design life, it can still get a federal permit to keep on running for another 20 years. This proposition […]

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Pacific Northwest: Sending coal to China?

SSA Marine, which is 51% owned by Goldman Sachs, has applied for federal and state permits  to build facilities at Cherry Point to ship coal from the Rocky Mountains to China, thereby making the Pacific Northwest the largest coal exporting region in the country. (As many as half a dozen future sites have been proposed along the […]

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Lawns: Do you still have one?

My good friend Bonnie (who has since moved to France where she doesn’t have a lawn to kill) had this on her bumper for years. She transformed her front yard and as soon as you got out of your car, you could smell the sages and other aromatic native plants. Suddenly there were more birds […]

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Santa Cruz coastline will be protected

The Coastal Commission has approved a landmark deal that will preserve 10 square miles of land in northern California. The 6,800 acres of undeveloped shoreline, wooded areas and farmland in northern Santa Cruz County–known as Coast Dairies ranch–will be transferred to the state and federal government, which will operate it as open space and preserve […]

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Wilderness land to remain roadless (at least for now)

Denying a request for a rehearing made by the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association, the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals upheld its unanimous decision in favor of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule last week. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule was issued in 2001 to protect nearly 60 million acres, or roughly one-third […]

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New NASA map measures trees in the forest

A new high-resolution map created by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the University of Maryland, College Park and Woods Hole Research Center shows an accurate picture of the height of trees in forests all over the world. “Knowing the height of Earth’s forests is critical to estimating their biomass, or the amount of carbon […]

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