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On the Pika Trail: A Tree-Hugger’s Foray Into Wildlife Monitoring

Citizen scientist programs are increasingly being used to crowdsource wildlife data collection

“Glacier Dispatch, this is 249 Ouellet. I am beginning my backcountry itinerary.” A voice on the other end of the radio crackles back the time of my departure, and I step onto the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. In my backpack,…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – August 20, 2013

Portland-Montreal Pipeline to be Converted for Shipping Tar Sands Oil into the US

ExxonMobil a major stakeholder in the pipeline, says new report

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Environmentally-minded Maine residents, already fighting plans for a highway connecting New Brunswick and Quebec that could be used to ship dirty tar sands oil into the United States, now face a new challenge…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – October 12, 2012

Working With Nature and Singing for the Rain

Book Review: The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O’odham Country

Gary Paul Nabhan’s 30-year-old observations about traditional farming practices in drought-stricken areas seem exceptionally pertinent to the state of farming in 2012. His conclusion: work with what you’ve got, and sing for the rain to come. The Desert Smells Like Rain is…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – September 28, 2012

SEC Supports Environmental Provisions of Dodd-Frank

It’s not often that the financial sector takes on environmental issues, but that’s exactly what’s happening with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The SEC voted today on two sections of the act that seek to end the exploitation…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – August 22, 2012

Watch What You Eat: Endangered Sharks Show Up in Soup

Eight shark species found in shark fin soup samples from restaurants in 14 US cities

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about when trying to make sustainable choices about seafood, endangered species of sharks are now turning up in shark fin soup. Photo by Flickr user Plasticchef1Many states and nations, including the US, are making strides…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – August 14, 2012

For California Voters, Candidates’ Positions on Global Warming is Crucial

When it comes to environmental issues, Californians have more faith in Obama than Romney, finds survey

With presidential candidates warming up for the final showdown, Californians are focusing on an issue close to their hearts: the state of the environment. Photo by Flickr user Vlasta2Smog hangs low over the city Los Angeles. Two thirds of Californians believe air…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – August 8, 2012

Forest Fires Linked in Many Ways to Climate Change

Heat Wave is Allowing Mountain Pine Beetles that Kill Trees to Proliferate in Higher Numbers than Usual

Heat waves. Dry lightning. Draught. Extreme windstorms. Overpopulation of tree-eating beetles. Wildfires. Photo byCameron StrandbergPine trees that are killed off by beetles are like ticking firebombs, just waiting for one strike of dry lightning in a drought stricken area. What do all…
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by: Nicky Ouellet – July 10, 2012

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