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Nov
13

Climate change upped the odds of Hurricane Harvey’s extreme rains, study finds

The extreme rains that inundated the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey were made more likely by climate change, a new study suggests, adding that such extreme flooding events will only become more frequent as the globe continues to warm.

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Nov
13

Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

The cases, including one in the United States where a group of young people are arguing that global warming threatens their Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty and property, are widening the scope of environmental litigation.

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Nov
13

Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came […]

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Sep
11

The West Is on Fire. Get Used to It.

A fire ecologist explains why this summer’s wildfires are so dramatic, and why the West will have to learn to live with a more severe burning season.

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Oct
19

Climate report says Montana must adapt to warmer, drier seasons

Montana’s average temperatures are increasing, mountain snowpacks are declining, large wildfires are more frequent, and all that is expected to continue in the coming decades, according to a study of climate change within Montana released Wednesday.

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Oct
6

52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 50 environmental rules, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

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Oct
6

Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

The tribal government banned DNA studies in 2002 to prevent the misuse of its members’ genetic material. Although there is still some apprehension about the risk of allowing researchers access to Navajo DNA, the tribe’s leaders increasingly see genetic research as a tool to improve medical care for the 174,000 […]

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Oct
2

Tribal issues absent from court’s fracking rule decision

When a federal court issued a long-awaited decision late last month on Obama-era hydraulic fracturing standards, lawyers for the Ute Indian Tribe saw one thing missing: their entire argument.

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Sep
22

Pollution Prevention Week Day 5

Cheers, Montana!  Montana Department of Environmental Equality has partnered with Montana Resources Efficiency Program (MREP) to help businesses function at peak performance by minimizing energy and water consumption, reducing pollution and maximizing productivity.

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Sep
21

Pollution Prevention Week Day 4

During the creation of the Wyoming Voluntary Remediation Program, the Wyoming Legislature recognized the need for facility owners and operators to do everything possible to prevent contaminants from being released to the environment. As a result, in order to encourage pollution prevention activities, the Legislature added the requirement that facilities must implement […]

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Sep
20

The West’s Wildfires Are Taking a Toll on Reservoirs

New research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West’s large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies.

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Sep
20

Pollution Prevention Week: Day 3

During Pollution Prevention Week we urge you to continue to spread the word: think of ways to prevent pollution in your world, innovate, and do it the green way from the beginning! That’s the key to saving resources and moving toward sustainability.  Visit Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s website for […]

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Sep
19

Pollution Prevent Week Day 2

The Montana State University (MSU) is dedicated to helping the state’s small businesses and local governments use progressive, integrated pollution prevention (P2) strategies to increase productivity, while safe guarding our air, water, land and other natural resources. Learn more about MSUs P2 Program Here

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Sep
18

Pollution Prevention Week! Day 1

Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source. P2, also known as “source reduction,” is the ounce-of-prevention approach to waste management. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of. Less pollution means less hazards posed to […]

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Sep
17

Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

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Sep
15

Montana quadruples solar energy capacity in one year

Montana was producing 6.6 megawatts of installed capacity a year ago. The governor’s office released an energy plan, Montana Energy Future, with a goal to double solar capacity by 2025. Now the state has an installed capacity of 26 megawatts.

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Sep
7

The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota

While much of the country’s attention in recent weeks has been on the hurricanes striking southern Texas and the Caribbean, a so-called “flash drought”, an unpredictable, sudden event brought on by sustained high temperatures and little rain, has seized a swathe of the country and left farmers with little remedy. […]

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Sep
5

WHILE TRUMP KEEPS MONUMENT PLAN SECRET, PROPONENTS TOUT THEIR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The argument that National Monuments impede economic growth doesn’t hold water, say an economist and conservationists. With 98% of public comments in favor of leaving monuments just the way they are, many think the Trump administration is going to make changes to allow more energy and timber development.

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Sep
5

Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West

Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region.

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Sep
5

Are Hazardous Vapors Seeping Into Your Basement?

The implicated contaminants — most notoriously chlorinated solvents, such as TCE and tetrachloroethylene (known as perc), as well as benzene — can migrate through soil and groundwater from where they have seeped into the earth from a leak or a spill. Common sources include dry cleaners, gas stations, auto repair shops, military bases and industrial sites, […]

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