USFWS official changes stance on climate change's effect on wolverines
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh recently ordered her staff to withdraw the proposal to put the wolverine on the federal endangered species list due to concerns about how climate change will affect the species' habitat, saying that the predictions about climate change are too uncertain, a reversal of Walsh's stance last year that climate change would affect wolverine habitat.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 8
Study finds backcountry skiing in NW Wyoming displaces bighorn sheep
Biologist Aly Courtemanch followed 28 GPS-radio-collared bighorn sheep in Wyoming's Teton Range for two and a half years and found that even moderate backcountry use by skiers and snowboarders drove bighorn sheep from their winter habitat, a finding that may change areas where such backcountry use is now allowed. First in a three-part series.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; July 2
U. of Manitoba scientists link cancer rates to Alberta oilsands contamination
A study done by scientists at the University of Manitoba in cooperation with the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations linked contamination from Alberta oilsands operations in fish and animals consumed by residents of Fort Chipewyan to elevated cancer rates in that Alberta community.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); July 8
Owner may sell development rights on Idaho timberland
Stimson Lumber is proposing to sell the development rights on its 13,000 acres of timberland in Idaho's Bonner County, which could have led to an entirely new city between Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, and put a conservation easement on the land that will keep timber production in place permanently.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; July 6
Construction to begin on solar project in British Columbia
The Sun Mine solar project will rack up several firsts when the $5.3 million project goes online early next year: It will be the first built on reclaimed mine lands, the first solar project to sell power to the BC Hydro grid, and the first commercial scale utility project to be developed, owned and operated by a municipality.
BClocalnuews.com; July 8
Study links reinjection wells, earthquake activity in Oklahoma
The results of a study done by researchers at the University of Colorado and Cornell University found that the use of deep reinjection wells in Oklahoma to dispose of discharge water from oil and gas drilling operations, including hydraulic fracturing operations, is linked to the surge of seismic activity in the state, which is now second only to California for earthquakes.
Los Angeles Times; July 3
Crews work to contain, control 3 wildfires in Idaho
The 5,008-acre Pagari Fire near Richfield is expected to be contained by Wednesday evening, while the 325-acre Hell Roaring Fire is fully contained, and crews are working the 715-acre Colorado Gulch Fire west of Hailey.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 8
Saskatchewan, Alberta maintain lowest jobless rates in Canada
Toronto-Dominion Bank's report released today finds that Canada's unemployment rates in central and Atlantic Canada provinces will remain the highest in that country through the end of 2015, while Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba will enjoy the lowest unemployment rates, with British Columbia straddling the middle at 6.1 percent.
Toronto Globe and Mail; July 8
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