2014 April Environment & Climate News

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April, 2014
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The April issue of Environment & Climate News reports on the release of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, a 1,063-page report documenting global warming’s beneficial impact on the biosphere. It is the second in what will be a three-volume series tracking and critiquing the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The first volume, Physical Science, was released in September 2013; the final volume, Human Welfare, Energy, and Policies, will be released in May 2014.

Also in this issue:

  • A new report from the American Wind Energy Association shows electricity prices are rising more than four times as fast as the national average in nine of the 11 states with the most wind power consumption.
  • A coalition representing 70,000 New York landowners filed suit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, arguing the governor and his administration are intentionally obstructing a decision to end the state’s hydraulic fracturing moratorium.
  • The mountain pine beetle infestation that has ravaged forests in the western United States and Canada in recent years appears to be losing its grip. Green saplings are rejuvenating previously declining stands of dying red and grey pines.
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is siding with the state’s ranchers and energy and natural resource producers, urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management not to impose unnecessary land-use restrictions in the name of protecting sage grouse.
  • Two prominent environmental groups sent a letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management opposing approval of a giant wind-energy project on federal and private lands in Wyoming.
  • A recently announced three-year, $35 million program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will divert agricultural dollars away from farm production, instead spending it on environmental activist causes. The aim of the program is to take rural land out of agricultural production.

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