Webinar: Land Use, Environmental Stressors, and Water Resources: Degradation to Restoration

Wed, Aug 30, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4319992565037855234 EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program provides the science and innovative technologies that the Agency and the nation need to maintain drinking water resources and systems, as well as to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. …

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

Read the full story in the New York Times. The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal …

Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by …

Fertilizers, a Boon to Agriculture, Pose Growing Threat to U.S. Waterways

Read the full story in the New York Times. Nitrogen-based fertilizers, which came into wide use after World War II, helped prompt the agricultural revolution that has allowed the Earth to feed its seven billion people. But that revolution came at a cost: Artificial fertilizers, often applied in amounts beyond what crops need to grow, …

Amid California’s toxic dumps, local activists go it alone

Read the full story in High Country News. Eastern Coachella Valley migrants like Barrera power a highly profitable agricultural region, but they live at the center of environmental ruin. Workers deal with an unrelenting list of health threats, from substandard housing to pesticide pollution, hazardous waste and water contamination. Promotoras have become increasingly involved in dealing with …

Protected under Obama, the sage grouse finds itself once again under threat

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. In a move that conservationists and oil and gas associations have been awaiting for months, the Department of the Interior published on Monday new recommendations for how the government should regulate land where greater sage grouse live. The recommendations walk back protections set for the bird in 2015.

Mapping Public Lands in the United States

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official inventory of public parks and other protected areas in all U.S. states and territories. The growing database contains more than three billion public land and marine acres managed by nearly 15,100 agencies and nongovernmental organizations,  covering 200,000 separate parks and protected areas. PAD-US is a product of Core …