Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Ski resort win

Forest Service buries plan on transfer of water rights

Denver Post

Denver Post

The U.S. Forest Service will not require ski resorts to transfer water rights to the federal government as a condition of operating on public land. Instead, the agency will require ski areas to prove there is enough water to sustain skiing for the future. The ski industry applauded the final decision Dec. 30, as the agency released its final directive on the issue of water rights at ski areas on federal land.

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Oklahoma quakes jumped by 50% in 2015

E&E Publishing

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma rose 50 percent last year, easily surpassing the record number that hit the state in 2014. Oklahoma Geological Survey data show that the state was shaken by 881 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater, or an average of 2.4 per day. That's up from 585 in 2014. Officials say the increase likely has been caused by wastewater disposal from oil and gas operations.

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Evergreens in Southwest U.S. at risk

Science Daily

In a broad analysis of climate change scenarios, researchers see a grim future for evergreen forests in the Southwest region of the United States. Using field reports, validated regional predictions and computer models, they project a 72 percent loss of needleleaf evergreens by 2050, almost 100 percent by 2100.

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