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The Michigan Gray Wolf's long journey back from near extinction is hailed as one of the greatest wildlife survivial stories in U.S. history -- flourishing from just six animals in 1973 to nearly 700 today in Michigan alone.
Believe it or not, but the 9th law passed by the State of Michigan was a law establishing a bounty on killing wolves.
For more information, including videos, see Louise Knott Ahern, "The Rise of the Gray Wolf, special report from the Lansing State Journal, March 11, 2012.
According to the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, "there was a significant downward trend in ice coverage from 1973 to the present for all of the great lakes".
Researchers determined ice coverage by scanning U.S. Coast Guard reports and satellite images taken from 1973 to 2010, the Duluth News Tribune reported. They found that ice coverage was down 88 percent on Lake Ontario and fell 79 percent on Lake Superior. However, the ice in Lake St. Clair, which is between Lakes Erie and Huron, diminished just 37 percent.
The study's lead researcher is Jia Wang of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab in Ann Arbor, Mich. He attributed the decline to several factors, including broad climate change and smaller cyclical climate patterns like El Nino and La Nina.
He told WBEZ-FM in Chicago that diminished ice can accelerate wintertime evaporation, causing water levels to fall. The lack of ice could also lead to earlier and increased algae blooms that can damage water quality, and could speed up erosion by exposing more shoreline to waves.
For the full article, see "Vanishing ice; Study: Great Lakes not freezing over as much", Marquette Mining Journal, March 11, 2012.
Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.
Kiribati, which straddles the equator near the international date line, has found itself at the leading edge of the debate on climate change because many of its atolls rise just a few feet above sea level.
Tong said some villages have already moved and there have been increasing instances of sea water contaminating the island's underground fresh water, which remains vital for trees and crops. He said changing rainfall, tidal and storm patterns pose as least as much threat as ocean levels, which so far have risen only slightly.
Some scientists have estimated the current level of sea rise in the Pacific at about 2 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year. Many scientists expect that rate to accelerate due to climate change.
For the full article, see "Pacific nation may move entire population to Fiji", Lansing State Journal, March 9, 2012.
The Environment Report provides a weekly program service of environmental news and information to public radio stations around the country. Currently, more than 160 stations are airing Environment Report material.
Archive highlights include:
Our murky understanding of cancer and chemicals (part 1)
Show date: 03-05-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Mapping Cancer Cases in a Small Town (Part 2)
Show date: 03-06-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Investigating Rare Childhood Cancer Cluster (Part 3)
Show date: 03-07-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
2011 Accomplishments Report, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division.
2011 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group, February 2012.
Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress
Climate change and warming have produced dramatic changes in the Arctic, including diminishing ice. Arctic countries are preparing territorial claims for submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. More commercial shipping and energy exploration are expected in the Arctic region. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Climate Change as a Conflict Multiplier
Climate change can have major economic and social consequences for all nations, and for some it can raise the likelihood of violent conflict. From the United States Institute of Peace
Climate Variability and Weather
This note examines the causes of climate variability and the use of global climate models to understand and predict such variations. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Compendium of Federal Agencies’ Policies, Strategies, Work/Implementation Plans, Guidance on Environmental Justice
Brings together agency statements and commitments in connection with the administration’s Environmental Justice program. Environmental Justice refers to fair treatment of all persons with respect to the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. From the Environmental Protection Agency.
Consents for Wind Farms Onshore
Describes the procedures and permissions needed to set up onshore wind farms in Great Britain and why so many applications are rejected. From the Library of the House of Commons
Conserving the future: wildlife refuges and the next generation. National Wildlife Refuge System. http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo19337
Washington, D.C.: Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The National Wildlife Refuge System, 2011.
Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool. Environmental Protection Agency.
Draft environmental impact statement for combined licenses (COL) for Enrico Fermi Unit 3 [Monroe, Michigan]: draft report for comment.
Washington, DC: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2011.
The economic and market value of coasts and estuaries: what’s at stake?
Arlington, VA: Restore America’s Estuaries, 2011.
Energy-Water Nexus: Information on the Quantity, Quality, and Management of Water Produced During Oil and Gas Production
Describes what is known about the water produced during oil and gas production, what practices are generally used to manage and treat produced water, how produced water management is regulated at the federal and state level, and recent federal research and development efforts related to such water. From the Government Accountability Office
Environmental Assessment: Dioxin
Presents most recent information on federal efforts to limit human exposure to dioxins. Includes a history of dioxin regulatory steps and the recently released Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Essential fish habitat and critical habitat: a comparison.
Silver Spring, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 2011.
Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data
Describes the current extent and management of land ownership by the federal government and the current controversial issues related to federal ownership of the land. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Gap Analysis of Benthic Mapping at Three National Parks: Assateague Island National Seashore, Channel Islands National Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Launches a mapping program for critical components of coastal and marine ecosystems including bathymetry, geoforms, surface geology, and biotic cover. From the U.S. Geological Survey
International Science in the National Interest at the U.S. Geological Survey
Urges the U.S. Geological Survey to become more active in international projects to help mitigate worldwide problems such as climate change, natural disasters, the spread of invasive species, and diminishing natural resources. From the Natural Research Council
Keeping America’s Pipelines Safe and Secure: Key Issues for Congress
Nearly half a million miles of pipelines transporting gas, oil, and other hazardous materials crisscross America. This report discusses recent pipeline incidents and the potential for public injury and environmental damage posed by pipelines and the possibility of terrorist attack. Also examines federal government programs for pipeline safety. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Low Carbon Technologies for Energy-Intensive Industries
Energy intensive industries such as chemicals, paper, cement, and steel are responsible for 45% of carbon emissions from businesses in the United Kingdom. This report discusses carbon dioxide abatement technologies for these industries and policies to support their adoption. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Nation’s Urban Forests Losing Ground
Press release which summarizes the findings of a research article on the loss of trees in urban areas. Reports that New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Houston are losing trees at the fastest rate, while Atlanta had the largest tree cover at 54%. From the U.S. Forest Service
Nuclear power currently contributes 16% of the United Kingdom’s electricity supply, and recent studies of its economics appear favorable, when carbon costs are factored in. Concludes that it is likely that nuclear power will continue to make an important contribution to the UK’s electricity needs. From the Library of the House of Commons
Regional assessments of the nation’s water quality: improved understanding of stream nutrient sources through enhanced modeling capabilities.
Reston, Va.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2011.
Resilience to Natural Hazards in Developing Nations
In the last decade over 500,000 people have died due to rapid-onset natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, tsunami, and tropical storms. This report discusses the potential for science and technology to enhance resilience to such hazards in developing nations. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy
Sales of locally produced foods are a small but growing portion of the agricultural market; approximately 5% of U.S. farms are involved in local food systems. This report describes the types of local food operations, such as farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture, and food hubs, and federal program initiatives to encourage such efforts. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Status of Electric Competition in Michigan: Report for Calendar Year 2011.
Michigan Public Service Commission, 2012.
Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career
A guide for women to enter innovative and nontraditional jobs in the emerging green economy. From the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor
Wind shear and turbulence profiles at elevated heights: Great Lakes and Midwest sites.
Golden, Colo.: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2009.
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