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High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

Article: High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – The Obama administration’s new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has promised that high ethical standards will be the norm at the department that has been plagued with scandals under the Bush administration. In an address to thousands of Interior Department employees Thursday broadcast live by satellite to…

Deaths of Old-Growth Trees Double as Western U.S. Warms

Article: Deaths of Old-Growth Trees Double as Western U.S. Warms

ARCATA, California, January 22, 2009 (ENS) – Death rates of old-growth trees in western U.S. forests have more than doubled over the past few decades, and the most likely cause of the trend is regional warming, finds new research to be published Friday in the journal “Science.” Led by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey,…

Mercury Found at High Levels in Indiana Streams

Article: Mercury Found at High Levels in Indiana Streams

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, January 5, 2008 (ENS) – Six of every 100 streams in Indiana contain mercury at levels greater than the state water quality standard protecting human health, according to research released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. With new mapping techniques, the scientists identified an area in southeastern Indiana with some of the highest…

Six Persistent Herbicides Found in Wells Across USA

Article: Six Persistent Herbicides Found in Wells Across USA

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – The widespread use of chemicals to control plant pests across the United States has been happening for decades, yet a newly released study shows that only a few herbicides have persisted in well water over the 10 years from 1993 to 2003. Results for one of the…

North American Freshwater Fishes Fading into Extinction

Article: North American Freshwater Fishes Fading into Extinction

GAINESVILLE, Florida, September 9, 2008 (ENS) – Fishes that once were abundant in North American streams, rivers and lakes are now disappearing, with nearly 40 percent of all species in jeopardy, according to the most detailed assessment of the conservation status of freshwater fishes in the last 20 years. The report shows that 61 fishes…

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

Article: U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

WASHINGTON, DC, September 3, 2008 (ENS) – A joint Canada-U.S. scientific expedition this fall will map the unexplored Arctic sea floor where the U.S. and Canada may have sovereign rights over oil and gas resources and control over activities such as sea bed mining. The expedition will be collaboratively undertaken by the U.S. and Canada…

Carbon Farming Tested in California Delta

Article: Carbon Farming Tested in California Delta

SACRAMENTO, California, August 18, 2008 (ENS) – Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of California, Davis, are exploring a new style of farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that produces not crops but soils that store carbon dioxide. The research team has won a three-year, $12.3 million grant from the California…

EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

Article: EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to conduct a detailed study of the disposal methods used by hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices and veterinary hospitals that wish to discard unused pharmaceuticals. The EPA is seeking more information on the practices of the health care industry to inform…

Paterson Pledges Environmentally Responsible Gas Development

Article: Paterson Pledges Environmentally Responsible Gas Development

ALBANY, New York, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – New York state is preparing for a boom in its natural gas industry. The industry has expressed an interest in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, situated in southwestern New York and the Catskill Mountains. Most of the Marcellus Shale deposits lie beneath Tennessee,…

U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

Article: U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – Today’s federal environmental research, development, and monitoring programs are not structured to handle such major problems as global climate change, declines in freshwater, and loss of biodiversity, warns a group of former senior federal officials who want to form a new agency by merging two existing ones. In…

Tribal Journey Will Test Salish Sea Water Quality

Article: Tribal Journey Will Test Salish Sea Water Quality

COWICHAN, British Columbia, Canada, July 7, 2008 (ENS) – A canoe trip by American Tribes and Canadian First Nations through the Salish Sea this month will be part tradition and part science under a new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and tribes of the region. Five of some 100 canoes participating in Tribal Journeys,…

USGS Offers New Emergency Backup for Flood Forecast Data

Article: USGS Offers New Emergency Backup for Flood Forecast Data

WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, is better prepared to help protect the public this hurricane season than in the past by ensuring that emergency managers have quick storm-proof access to critical water information. A new downlink backup system located in South Dakota guarantees the availability of streamflow information…

U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

Article: U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration reluctantly declared the polar bear a threatened species today, concluding that the loss of Arctic sea ice has put the future of the iconic species in peril. But the administration also took steps to ensure the decision will not require new efforts…

Mapping Wildlife Diseases May Help Prevent Their Spread

Article: Mapping Wildlife Diseases May Help Prevent Their Spread

MADISON, Wisconsin, May 5, 2008 (ENS) – Tracking wildlife disease outbreaks around the world is now possible with another online map that shows where threats to the health of wild animals, domestic animals, and people are occurring. The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, developed jointly by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Geological Survey,…

Midwest Earthquake a Wake-Up Call

Article: Midwest Earthquake a Wake-Up Call

CHICAGO, Illinois, April 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today’s early morning earthquake that jolted many people awake across the central United States is a reminder that seismic events do occur in areas not normally thought of as “earthquake country,” said scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS. They said it is also a lesson that earthquakes…

Hawaii Volcano Erupts, Spews Toxic Gas

Article: Hawaii Volcano Erupts, Spews Toxic Gas

VOLCANO, Hawaii, March 27, 2008 (ENS) – Explosive eruptions and noxious gas emissions at Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii this week have got scientists working around the clock to understand what will happen next and how to keep the public out of harm’s way. Scientists are monitoring gas emissions and seismic activity…

Illinois Governor Orders State Waters Tested for Drugs

Article: Illinois Governor Orders State Waters Tested for Drugs

CHICAGO, Illinois, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – Following reports last week that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are contaminating the nation’s drinking water, Governor Rod Blagojevich has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to expand its water quality monitoring to determine levels of pharmaceuticals that may be in Illinois waterways. The Illinois EPA also will promote…

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

Article: Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2008 (ENS) – Drugs taken for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems contaminate drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a report by the Associated Press National Investigation Team released today. These findings confirm a 2002 report by the U.S. Geological Survey…

Water Rushes Down the Grand Canyon in High Flow Experiment

Article: Water Rushes Down the Grand Canyon in High Flow Experiment

PAGE, Arizona, March 6, 2008 (ENS) – More than 300,000 gallons of water per second is now gushing through the Grand Canyon, released from Lake Powell near the Arizona-Utah border in an effort to restore sandbars needed by native plants and fish. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne Wednesday pulled a lever at Glen Canyon Dam to…

Herons in Chicago Wetlands Survive Exposure to Banned Toxics

Article: Herons in Chicago Wetlands Survive Exposure to Banned Toxics

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – Black-crowned night-herons nesting in the wetlands of southeast Chicago are still being exposed to chemicals banned in the United States in the 1970s, but the chemicals do not appear to be affecting the birds’ reproductive success. University of Illinois veterinary biosciences scientist Jeff Levengood, who led a newly…

Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

Article: Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

RESTON, Virginia, January 30, 2008 (ENS) – Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation’s largest and most productive fisheries, according to a federal government report released Wednesday. The states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana,…

Recovery Starts for Most Endangered U.S. Waterbird

Article: Recovery Starts for Most Endangered U.S. Waterbird

MIDWAY ATOLL, Near Hawaii, January 3, 2007 (ENS) – The rarest native waterfowl in the United States, a species of duck called the Laysan teal, has increased its numbers five-fold over the past year at a rat-free refuge that was once part of its historic range. Biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish…