Q&A: The 4-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline

Everything you need to know about the pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ongoing protest. science news Continue reading Q&A: The 4-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline

Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part of a sweeping effort to restore the greater sage grouse’s habitat. science news Continue reading Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse

Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds

Native forest birds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai are rapidly dying off and facing the threat of extinction as climate change heats up their habitat and allows mosquito-borne diseases to thrive, according to a study released Wednesday. science news Continue reading Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds

Judge orders work to stop on part of controversial North Dakota pipeline

An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a portion of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but their broader request still hangs in the balance. science news Continue reading Judge orders work to stop on part of controversial North Dakota pipeline

“Our cause is just,” says tribal leader in North Dakota pipeline protest

Protesters fear the Dakota Access pipeline project will disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions further downstream. science news Continue reading “Our cause is just,” says tribal leader in North Dakota pipeline protest

North Dakota oil pipeline protest turns violent

A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. science news Continue reading North Dakota oil pipeline protest turns violent

Team studies wildfires in 1988 Yellowstone burn areas

Nearly three decades ago, huge wildfires burned about a third of Yellowstone National Park. The park has seen wildfires every year since, but the forests of new trees that grew in the scars of those 1988 fires have helped curb their size and intensity — until now. science news Continue reading Team studies wildfires in 1988 Yellowstone burn areas

California’s native salmon struggling in 5th year of drought

After five years of drought, the native Chinook salmon that the men were reeling in this past week were there only because state and federal agencies have stepped in to do much of the salmon-raising that California’s overtapped rivers once did. science news Continue reading California’s native salmon struggling in 5th year of drought

Forest Service office in Fort Collins closed due to “safety concerns”; threats prompt USDA closures nationally

The U.S. Forest Service’s office in Fort Collins has been closed on Tuesday because of unspecified safety concerns as anonymous threats have closed federal agriculture offices nationwide. science news Continue reading Forest Service office in Fort Collins closed due to “safety concerns”; threats prompt USDA closures nationally

Wildfire blocking Yellowstone entrance smolders on

Firefighters chopped down trees and searched for hotspots on steep hillsides Sunday as they battled a wildfire that has blocked an entrance to Yellowstone National Park. science news Continue reading Wildfire blocking Yellowstone entrance smolders on