The U.S Energy Information Administration studied the amount of carbon dioxide that was pumped into the atmosphere between 2000-2010. Idaho contributes a low amount, respectively, compared to other states. Only California, Vermont, New York and Washington D.C. have smaller carbon footprints per capita.
But Ben Otto at the Idaho Conservation League says this report doesn’t show the full picture.
The United States Geological Survey recently studied nitrate levels in streams around the country. The study found that nitrate – which can be dangerous in drinking water – can affect water systems for decades.
Although none of these study areas were in Idaho, Michael Lewis says the study is worth a closer look.
Later today, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will release a full report on snowpack and water levels in Idaho so far this year. The report will help paint a clearer picture of a complicated water scenario.
Water specialist Ron Abramovich says this year’s snowpack started off strong, but quickly dropped off. That makes for diverse stream levels.
President Barack Obama has nominated the head of retail chain REI to lead the U.S. Interior Department. Fifty-six-year-old Sally Jewell is the chief executive at REI in Kent, Washington, and a resident of Seattle.
Niall Garrahan loves Boise’s foothills. So much so, he decided to spend a portion of his summer last year studying them.
Garrahan is a junior at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2011, he received a grant to conduct research on a topic of his choice. But it wasn’t until he went on a hike while visiting his aunt in Boise that he decided what he would evaluate. He wanted to figure out how much the foothills were worth, and how their value might affect future conservation efforts.
Now that presents have been opened, it's time for another tradition of the holiday season: bags upon bags of trash. One garbage collector in north Idaho says he sees reflections of the economy in this year’s haul.
At the transfer station in Shoshone County, Idaho, signs of the holidays are all around Vince Peterson.
“Mostly the amount of cardboard, plastic," he says. "Wrapping paper goes wild.”