Designated wilderness areas provide important habitat for five migratory big-game species, according to a first-of-its-kind mapping project involving wildlife researchers at the University of Wyoming and cartographers at the University of Oregon.
Car heads north on U.S. 101 on December 26, 2010. (Garrett/Flickr)
Leave it to Berkeley, a liberal bastion in northern California that's taken pioneering steps to tax sugary drinks and ban Styrofoam takeout containers. It's now moving forward with a novel way to address climate change: make people feel guilty about driving.
This week, in a 7-2 vote, its City Council approved a draft ordinance that would require warning labels at fueling stations, even electric-charging ones. The labels would link driving to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming....
The Bureau of Land Management in California has taken a great step forward with its decision to protect a special part of the desert by denying an application for a large-scale solar project in the remote Silurian Valley.
Chinese shop in Beijing on September 25, 2011. (Trey Ratcliff)
As global warming compels countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, new research says the era of cheap and abundant energy will end sometime this century and prompt a new way of living: "involuntary simplicity."
The public needs to be prepared for this "energy descent" and "a persistent step-wise downshift" in consumption, says University of Michigan environmental psychologist Raymond De Young. He discusses the topic in a report in the November edition of the journal Frontiers in Psychology....