Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are highest in history
A measurement taken at the Mauna Lua Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii Friday revealed that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose to 420 parts per million, nearly 70 units above the generally agreed-upon safe levels of 350 parts per million.
Feds to take water from Wyoming to bolster Lake Powell
(CN) — In a sign of how dire drought conditions have become in the American West, the Bureau of Reclamation will keep water in Lake Powell amid record low levels. The Bureau of Reclamation announced it would hold water in Lake Powell — a major supplier of water to agriculture and municipalities — and add more water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to stave off dropping water levels that c
Elon Musk closes deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion
The flirtation between Musk and Twitter ended with the industrial and technology entrepreneur agreeing to buy the company for $54.20 per share, his original offer from last week.
Climate change creating more devastating rainfall events in wildfire burn scars
Devastatingly large wildfires followed by intense precipitation events will grow in frequency as the effects of climate change become more widespread and entrenched, a study published Friday has found.
Tech companies cut ties with Russia over Ukraine invasion
Google said it had begun removing the Russia-backed media channels from YouTube on Wednesday. Microsoft also announced it would remove state-sponsored media outlets from its app store, while deranking the news sources in its search engine Bing.
Ninth Circuit revives fight over logging plans in forests where endangered fishers live
A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday a lower court erred when it declined to stop several logging operations in a portion of a California national forest that is home to the endangered fisher, a small weasel-like mammal that displays agility and climbing prowess.
Judge advances privacy claims over Chrome ‘incognito’ mode
For the second time, a federal judge denied Google’s bid to dismiss a class action case where users of its Chrome internet browser claim they were being tracked while in private browsing mode despite the company’s claims to the contrary.
23 species declared extinct, including iconic N. American birds
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that 23 species are extinct and should be removed from the endangered species list because no one has seen them for decades.
Drought continues to strangle American West, with no relief in sight
Fires in the American West also increase with drought, as drier vegetation makes conditions ideal for the rapid spread of large devastating fires. So far in 2021, 68 large fires have scorched 3.1 million acres of land throughout the American West.
USDA chief calls for overhaul of forest management in western states
The man who oversees the federal government’s wildland firefighting forces stood in the burn scar of the largest forest fire in California's recorded history Wednesday and acknowledged the federal government needs to do more.