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(Beyond Pesticides, February 22, 2017) The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada, which regulates pesticides in the country, recently proposed changes to regulations under the Canada’s Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) that will curtail the ability of individuals living within the country to import pesticide products that do not meet Canada’s regulatory standards. Designed to address an existing loophole in the country’s law, the policy seeks to curtail the practice of purchasing pesticide products online that circumvent Canada’s more stringent pesticide...
02/21/2017 - 23:00
Beyond Pesticides

On Feb. 17, 2017, a coalition of environmental groups filed an appeal with the Washington state Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) challenging the Department of Ecology’s waste discharge permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The appeal alleges the permits fail to include basic water quality monitoring requirements and fail to require best-available technology for CAFOs such as synthetic manure lagoon liners, which prevent pollution from manure leaking into groundwater. Continue Reading Environmental groups challenge Ecology’s new permits for industrial dairies...
02/21/2017 - 18:05
Amelia Apfel

Resourceful camp cooking in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Photo by Justin Richards. By Brittany Manwill When the winter elements are hostile, it’s nice to have a warm, homey meal to fuel your body and boost your spirts. While these meals won’t live up your mom's apple pie or great grandma’s mac and cheese, they’re easy to make and comforting enough to make anywhere on the trail feel like home. Tips Comfort food means something different to everyone. While some foods are easier to adapt to the backcountry than others, nothing is off-limits. If you’re not a fan of these...
02/21/2017 - 15:42
Rachel Wendling

New Research: Idaho may have unlawfully sold hundreds of thousands of acres of state landMichael ReinemerFeb 21, 2017BOISE, ID The Wilderness Society (TWS) and Idaho Conservation League (ICL) released results of new research today that reveal what appear to be widespread violations of the Idaho constitutional lRead more
02/21/2017 - 14:49
Michael Reinemer

by Kerry McGowan Every fall marks the beginning of a unique migration in the Pacific Northwest, when Pacific salmon migrate from the open ocean to freshwater streams to spawn. Beginning in October, a population of coho salmon returns to Elliott Bay then enters the Duwamish River. The Duwamish is Seattle’s only river and a designated… Continue Reading What’s happening to the coho salmon in Longfellow Creek? The post What’s happening to the coho salmon in Longfellow Creek? appeared first on Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
02/21/2017 - 14:25
Amelia Apfel

More and more states across the country are redefining what it means to be a clean energy leader by doubling down on their commitments to deploy solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources. Now the New Mexico legislature wants to add their state to the growing list. Recently introduced legislation would increase New Mexico’s successful renewable electricity standard (RES) from its current level of 20 percent by 2020 to 80 percent by 2040. Adopting the measure would capitalize on the state’s tremendous renewable energy resources and deliver substantial economic, health, and environmental...
02/21/2017 - 10:53
Jeff Deyette

February 21st, 2017|Tags: recreation|0 Comments.fusion-fullwidth-1 { padding-left: px !important; padding-right: px !important; }By Suah Cheong, American Forests Yesterday we celebrated President’s Day — an occasion to remember all our past presidents. For some of our national forests, however, every day is President’s Day. The Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP), the Cleveland National Forest, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the Lincoln National Forest...
02/21/2017 - 10:52
American Forests

Good advice from linguist and political strategy guru George Lakoff. | Quite a while back I wrote about how the Environmental Protection Agency should be renamed the Environmental Protection Army, with the idea that the name might prompt people to take its role in protecting American people more seriously—on a par with the way they see (and fund, staff, and empower) the military. Call it what we will, it’s time now again to revisit the reasons majorities of Americans of all...
02/21/2017 - 09:30

Phuchung Lachenpa is most at home in the high mountain valleys of India’s eastern Himalaya, which towers over his hometown of Lachen in Sikkim. A yak herder and trekking guide, he is intimately familiar with the local mountains and the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, which protects the eastern half of the world’s third-highest mountain. Today, he wanders these mountains as a citizen scientist, documenting the elusive snow leopard for the USAID-funded WWF Asia High Mountains Project. After being trained by WWF in July 2015, Phuchung and five other local citizen scientists, began...
02/21/2017 - 01:00

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