Author: Julian Butler

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Remove Culverts for WA’s Climate Resiliency

Record-setting rainfall this past week sent Puget Sound’s rivers and streams over their banks, flooding homes in Snohomish County, closing roads and triggering mudslides. The atmospheric river was another blunt reminder of the dangers floodwaters pose to human-made infrastructure, including the culverts that guide waterways underneath the region’s roads. At least one creek’s surge outside Port Orchard […]

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Eagle County’s New Land Use Regulations Need to Work Along With Goals for Ecology and Stewardship

Zoning and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand, but that’s a slow process. Stewardship was a big part of the latest update to the Eagle County Board of Commissioners about rewriting Eagle County land use regulations. Todd Messenger, an attorney with Fairfield and Woods, is working on that rewrite. Messenger and Assistant County Attorney […]

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10 Years After Eruption, Volcano Risks Ecosystem on Nishinoshima

Ten years after a new islet born in a massive eruption nearby swallowed it, remote Nishinoshima island in the Ogasawara island chain is still showing signs of volcanic activity.  A survey from an Asahi Shimbun aircraft on Nov. 3 confirmed white fumarolic gas rising from a central crater and the slopes and surrounding sea areas turned […]

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Mexico Takes Mining Company to Court Seeking New Remediation Effort for Sonora River Pollution

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is pursuing a criminal complaint against the country’s biggest copper producer seeking to force a new remediation effort for a toxic mine spill in the northern state of Sonora nine years ago, an environmental official said Thursday. The complaint, which was filed in August but announced only on Thursday, centers on remediation funding […]

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Climate Change, Human Activity Causing Global Water Cycles to Become ‘Increasingly Erratic’: World Meteorological Organization

Climate change and human activity are causing the world’s hydrological cycle to spin out of balance, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. Global water cycles are becoming “increasingly erratic” due to droughts, extreme rainfall and the increased melting of snow, ice and glaciers — all of which are a threat to […]

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UM Postdoc Studies ‘Opportunity Hot Spots’ For Reducing Wildfire Carbon Loss

MISSOULA – As a scientist, Jamie Peeler spent 10 years examining forest-fire dynamics on landscapes adapted to wildfire from South Africa to Florida and across the Pacific Northwest. But it wasn’t until 2021, when she became The Nature Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow in the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab at the University of Montana, that she […]

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The Future of US Rangelands: Choices That Reshape Our Landscape

Pastoral scenes of vast open spaces filled with roaming cattle have long been emblematic of the American landscape. Rangelands cover almost half of the contiguous U.S. and include grasslands, deserts and shrublands. These ecosystems are integral to our way of life in that they provide services ranging from food production to carbon sequestration. To anticipate […]

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No Respite for Fragile Ecosystems as Late Summer Heatwave Pummels France

French authorities placed large swaths of southern France on the highest heat warning level – a “red alert” – on Wednesday as temperatures shot past 40°Celsius (104°F), shattering seasonal records.  Meteorologists have spoken of a “heat dome” weather pattern settling over the country, with a period of stable high pressure leading to torrid conditions and a lack of wind.  France as a whole experienced its […]

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Extinction Rebellion Cape Town Calls for Immediate Actions Over Earth Overshoot Date

Cape Town – On Earth Overshoot Day, Extinction Rebellion (XR) Cape Town gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre, amplifying global calls around actions that could be taken to push back Earth Overshoot Day. XR activists protested on Wednesday in a creative display of tug-of-war depicting the “fight” over #MoveTheDate between the fossil fuel industry […]

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World’s Oceans Set New Temperature Record as Global Warming Intensifies

The world’s oceans have set a new temperature record with the potential to threaten Earth’s climate, marine life and coastal communities. The temperature of the oceans’ surface hit 20.96 degrees Celsius (69.71 Fahrenheit) on Friday, according to European Union climate observatory data. The last record was 20.95C (69.71F) in March 2016, said the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change […]

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