Environment

10:01pm

Sun February 19, 2012
Around the Nation

As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:48 am

A family of bears investigates a Dumpster behind a diner in Pomona, N.Y., last fall. Black bears are becoming more common in populated areas around the United States.
Eddy Philippe AP

Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policies on how the public feels about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different. The revered king of the forest has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Some states are trying to figure out if residents can live in peace with bears, or if they'd rather have hunters keep numbers in check.

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10:37am

Thu February 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Methane, Soot Are Targets Of New U.S. Climate Initiative

A new program led by the U.S. seeks to limit amounts of soot, hydrofluorocarbons and methane released into the atmosphere. In this file photo from 2009, a researcher ignites trapped methane from under a pond's ice cap in Alaska.
Todd Paris AP

The United States and five other nations are embarking on a new program to limit pollutants connected to global warming. But they're not targeting carbon dioxide with this effort — instead, they're looking at methane gas, and soot.

NPR's Richard Harris filed this report for our Newscast desk:

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is teaming up with Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Ghana and Bangladesh to get countries thinking about some potent contributors to climate change."

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2:25pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Environment

Wildlife Groups File Suit Against Rocky Flats Land Sale

Deer at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
Footwarrior /Creative Commons

Two wildlife protection groups in Colorado have filed suit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service seeking to stop the sale of land in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for construction of a four lane toll road.

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1:05pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Environment

Udall Mines Clarification For Good Samaritan Cleanup Rules

Water poluted by high mineral content flows from the abandoned Argo Mine near Idaho Springs.
Bruce McAllister Environmental Protection Agency - Public Domain

Colorado Senator Mark Udall took to the US Senate floor Tuesday morning in an attempt to find better ways volunteers can legally help clean up abandoned hard rock mines in the west. Polluted water flows out of these mines and that can contaminate entire watersheds.

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6:00am

Tue February 14, 2012
KUNC News Blog

Budget Debate Centers on Energy

KUNC file photo

Oil and gas companies doing business here in the West have sparred quite a bit with the Obama Administration since it took office in 2009… the now tabled “Wild Lands” policy is just one of the heated issues that comes to mind.

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