UN projects global population will peak at 10.4 billion

Global population is expected to reach 8 billion later this year before peaking at around 10.4 billion in six decades, according to new United Nations projections. The new data from the UN’s “World Population Prospects 2022” released Monday on World Population Day projects the world’s 8 billionth inhabitant will be born on Nov. 15. The … Read more

Camden moves forward with Megunticook River project, Phase One

“The Megunticook River has been used for commercial and industrial purposes that no longer exist today,” wrote Romana. “But the Town of Camden (and adjacent towns with an interest in the river) have not crafted a new vision for the River. For this task, we are looking to set the basis for a community visioning … Read more

Fishing limits increased at 5 Utah lakes, reservoirs as drought continues to take its toll

A photo of Otter Creek Reservoir in Piute County taken in May 2021. The reservoir, which is currently about 26% full, is one of five lakes or reservoirs where fishing limits are now increased because of low water levels.

A photo of Otter Creek Reservoir in Piute County taken in May 2021. The reservoir, which is currently about 26% full, is one of five lakes or reservoirs where fishing limits are now increased because of low water levels. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) Estimated read time: 3-4 minutes SALT LAKE CITY — The daily … Read more

July 4 fireworks drastically drop US air quality: meteorologists

What would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? It turns out much healthier. Studies across the US have shown a drastic drop in air quality at the first rocket’s red glare and bomb bursting in air. “If you happen to be downwind from a big fireworks event it is very hazardous,” Paul Walsh, Meteorologist … Read more

A race to stop a kelp crisis, with impacts far beyond local waters

Keeping kelp around in the Puget Sound It’s an emergency unfolding out of sight, beneath the waves of Puget Sound. Underwater forests that support shellfish, fish, crabs and everything up the food chain are disappearing, and scientists don’t have clear answers why. DESMOINES, Wash. – It’s an emergency unfolding out of sight, beneath the waves … Read more

Electric vehicle battery myths v. facts: The debate over ‘green’

Are EV batteries as green as they say? yes and no Eric Wachsman, professor at the University of Maryland and director of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, weighs in on some of the reasons why some people are not totally behind electric vehicles. With inflation driving gas prices to an all-time high, consumers are flocking to … Read more

More than 90% of Illinois’ plastic goes to landfills. Here are some solutions.

Despite the contributions you make to the health of the environment every time you slip your plastic milk cartons and food containers into the recycling bin, there’s something you should know: More than 90% of the plastic used in Illinois ends up in landfills. The causes are varied and complex, but the solution, environmental advocates … Read more

Grand Canyon won’t seek volunteers to kill bison this fall

Program to kill Grand Canyon bison nets 4 animals, criticism Critics say rather than killing the bison, the animals should be relocated to other areas or given to Native American tribes under an existing effort. FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A bison herd that lives almost exclusively in the northern reaches of Grand Canyon National Park … Read more

Climate change bringing new evidence to cold cases

Over the past two decades, Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, has dropped 180 feet and is now less than 30 percent full, according to the US Bureau of Reclamation. The water levels have dropped so low, grim discoveries are being revealed, and some believe it’s only the beginning. In May, the plunging water levels … Read more