Damming the Susitna River?

At an estimated cost of more than $5 Billion, a dam proposed on the Susitna River north of Talkeetna, Alaska would become the second tallest dam in the U.S. Engineered to span the full width of this pristine resource, the 735 foot tall structure would destroy natural flows on one…

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Priority for the Planet – Ecological Restoration

Writing in the Irish Times, Paddy Woodworth reports on the recent World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration in Manchester, England.  Professor Jungou Liu of Beijing told those gathered:  “We set out to check the status of the 50,000 rivers the maps showed us in our country. We found…

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Test of Environmental Resolve – Cuba’s Future

The New York Times reports that although Cuba’s commitment to environmental protection has never been tested, or tempted, it will be if trade and travel barriers with the U.S. fall. The Times reports Cuba’s green sensitivities evolved as much out of necessity as ideology. “The collapse of the Soviet bloc…

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Rotenone? 1952 Called Again and Wants Its Species Management Strategy Back

The latest plan to ‘restore’ using poison has found its way to public comment this week as officials from Montana and Wyoming request feedback on the draft environmental assessment for the Soda Butte Creek drainage by June 13.  Readers who care about Yellowstone National Park or these important headwaters will want…

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What is the Price Tag for Nature’s Defenses?

Carl Zimmer writes recently in the New York Times that levees are not the only things that protect coasts from storm damage.  “Nature offers protection, too” he says.  “Coastal marshes absorb wind energy and waves of storms, weakening their impact farther inland.”  These coastal ecosystems and their services provide significant…

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Flood Alleviation – Unpaid Engineers to Restore Floodplains

Following major floods in January 2014 Marina Pacheco, the chief executive of the UK Mammal Society, recommended that the UK Government promote beaver reintroductions as a means of reducing flood risk in the future. “Restoring the beaver to Britain’s rivers would bring huge benefits in terms of flood alleviation. These…

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