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On Earth Day last week, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at restoring national forests devastated by drought, wildfires, and blight. Federal land managers will first define what constitutes mature and old-growth forests and then inventory them. They will also identify threats, including fire and climate change, with a goal of ending natural forest loss by 2030.
Sequoia Fog | Credit: henryalien/Creative Commons
The Biden administration announced a $6 billion program to help the struggling nuclear power industry, as a part of its goal to transition to clean energy by 2035. The U.S. has the largest nuclear power plant fleet in the world, with 55 facilities operating in 28 states. The industry generates 20 percent of the nation’s energy.
The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in New York was shuttered in April 2021. | Credit: Daniel Case
Along with other insects, native bees are essential pollinators for many crops we depend on, such as berries, apples, cherries, and beans. While European honeybees attract much attention, there are hundreds of other species that are crucial.
Bumblebee | Credit: Christa R./Creative Commons
Unbeknownst to residents of Denver, Colorado, the hot water they send down the drain from showering, doing dishes, or washing clothes will now help heat and cool a development on the north side of the city. The National Western Center is a remodel of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo campus into a hub for art, education, and agriculture, and last week it launched the largest wastewater heat recovery system in the country.
Credit: National Western Center