The number of acres of forests across the country in which insects and diseases have caused mortality has substantially declined, from 9.2 million acres in 2010 to 6.4 million acres in 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. Forest Service.
Nearly 50 years ago, a special advisory board commissioned by Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall produced the highly cited and influential “Leopold Report” recommending goals, policies, and methods, for the National Park Service to manage both visitors and wildlife on its lands.
New fuel economy standards finalized this week by the Obama administration will nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 mpg by 2025, according to the EPA.
Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell 2.4 percent in 2011, even as GDP increased 1.8 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Since 1990, last year was only the sixth year to experience a decline in emissions.
The Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, announced their final plan for solar energy projects—the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)—which will establish 17 Solar Energy Zones on 285,000 acres in six southwes
The Secretary’s Committee for the Middle Rio Grande Conservation Initiative recently released a report detailing its recommendations for improving management of the Middle Rio Grande—about 180 miles of river flowing throug