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11 tips for photographing night skies

As rampant light pollution becomes more commonplace, many seek the beauty and joys of dark skies. Protected wild lands are the perfect places to revel in the timeless pleasure of starry skies.

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Mass Efficiency: Bay State Best In Saving Energy, Again

Massachusetts held the top spot for the fourth consecutive year and Wyoming again brought up the rear in the latest annual assessment of state energy efficiency efforts. In between, there was a lot of movement on the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, both positive and negative – Arkansas leaped six places to 31st, while Indiana fell 13 places to 40th.

Overall, the group behind the ratings, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, said states (and the District of Columbia) were doing a better job taking advantage of energy efficiency, which it called “a resource that is cleaner, cheaper, and quicker to deploy than building new supply.” The ACEEE said state programs helped trim electricity use by 24.3 million megawatt-hours in 2013, equal to the annual energy use of about 2 million homes and a 7 percent improvement over 2011....

Conservation Groups and Utah’s Daggett County Reach Agreement in Rep. Bishop’s Public Land Initiative; Agreement may serve as model for balance and collaboration
Michael Reinemer

This plan will result in new wilderness areas, river and wildlife protections in many sensitive areas of the county, and land exchanges to remove school trust lands from areas highlighted for conservation.

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Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Japan

Thought leaders from across Japan's energy sector gathered in Tokyo last week to discuss the role energy will play in adapting the country's cities to a challenging environment of aging and declining population and increasing dependence on foreign sources for food and fuel. Tokyo-Yokohama, the world's largest urban concentration, is already in many ways in the vanguard of the future of urban centers. What happens in this mega city is being watched closely across the planet for ideas to emulate or avoid....

Study: time outdoors improves kids’ emotional IQ

Ever wonder what would happen if kids didn't use electronics for a few days? After all, children have reported spending seven hours a day staring at screens.

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30 years later, memories of bipartisan wilderness victories

As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, Congress still isn’t living up to its duty to consider and conserve America&rsqu

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Wilderness protection missing in BLM plans for Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finalizing three management plans for Colorado, covering a total of 1.5 million acres of public land altogether.

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Production Begins at Second U.S. Cellulosic Biofuel Facility

You don’t often hear Kansas and Spain mentioned in the same sentence. Yet today Spanish company Abengoa is bringing another big cellulosic biofuel facility online in Hugoton, a small community in the Southwest corner of the state. This is the second big plant starting up this year, showing that after some predictable yet highly scrutinized delays, the cellulosic fuel industry is truly beginning to establish itself and making critical contributions to oil savings and climate goals.

It wasn’t long ago that cellulosic biofuels were the punchline of a joke: a phantom fuel that could not be economically produced in large volumes....

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made "clean": Projects such as the in-progress Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the recently announced Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide from burning coal and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil. (See related story: "Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon.")

CCS is being applied to natural gas-fired electricity as well (just today a new effort in Scotland was announced), and a new project in the U.S....

Wilderness Society Honors Author Cheryl Strayed with Inspiration Award
Michael Reinemer

Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

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