Environment
Associated Press/Photo by Reed Saxon

The humpback comeback

Environment
by David Sonju
Posted 9/04/13, 01:08 pm

Fifty years ago, fewer than 1,500 humpback whales remained, stirring an international effort to ban commercial whaling operations. The population has steadily grown since then and now more than 60,000 humpbacks exist worldwide, with an estimated 20,000 in the North Pacific alone. Yet they are still listed as an endangered species by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Evaluating gas leak damage in the Gulf of Mexico

Environment
by Jesse Yow
Posted 8/01/13, 09:54 am

Eight days after a gas well blowout off Louisiana’s coast, what have we learned about safety and environmental issues involved in drilling there for gas—and how was this mishap different from BP’s Macondo spill in 2010?

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Associated Press/Photo by Ed Crisostomo/The Press-Enterprise, File

Forestry mismanagement feeds fire danger

Environment
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/08/13, 03:00 pm

In the midst of a particularly deadly fire season—a blaze in Yarnell, Ariz., killed 19 firefighters last month and more than two dozen wildland fires are currently burning from Alaska to New Mexico—Americans are looking for causes in the significant uptick of the intense infernos.

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