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Rifle High School students receive a pre-flight tutorial at the Rifle Garfield County Airport.Ray K. Erku / Citizen Telegram Wearing an aviation headset, Joshua Thorpe tilted his head toward the window and peered at the mountainous landscape thousands of feet below. Vast rows of solar panels soaked up the sun, emerald pools of water sat ...
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Atmospheric methane — the very potent “other” greenhouse gas — is rising at a shocking rate. Research fingers fracking as a major culprit. https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/dont-let-late-wintry-weather-fool-you-global-warmings-still-here-thanks-in Natural gas, which consists primarily of the potent greenhouse gas methane, is flared off at dusk in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. As crude oil production has outpaced construction of infrastructure to ...
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https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/flights-over-north-bay-provide-graphic-evidence-of-needed-wildfire-protection/article_d21de5cb-04d7-589d-b3ee-bf21d30438cb.html PETALUMA — The scars left behind by North Bay wildfires, and the expanses of woodland still green but ever vulnerable, can be better appreciated from hundreds of feet above. So says a nonprofit that advocates for the protection of wildlands — and of swaths of the Western states increasingly threatened by devastating firestorms — through ...
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An Aerial Tour of Sonoma County’s Burn Scars (PHOTOS)

https://weather.com/photos/news/2021-05-13-sonoma-county-burn-scars-aerials An aerial view of wildfire burn scars from the Glass Fire are seen in Sonoma County, Calif., on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight founder, executive director and pilot, and Dr. Sasha Berleman, director of Fire Forward at Audubon Canyon Ranch, took members of the media aboard a flight out of Petaluma Municipal ...
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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE INCREDIBLE SAND CREEK DESERT

https://greateryellowstone.org/blog/2021/ecoflight-sandcreek Last fall, Greater Yellowstone Coalition worked with our partners at EcoFlight to obtain some incredible aerial footage of the Sand Creek Desert on the fly. EcoFlight believes that sharing unique aerial perspectives of our remaining wild lands and wildlife encourages environmental stewardship, and we couldn’t agree more. You can view the short film we ...
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https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2021-03-14/a-corporation-wants-to-mine-for-gold-near-death-valley-native-tribes-are-fighting-it From left, Bryan Hatchell, spokesman for the nonprofit Friends of the Inyo, Jeremiah Joseph, spokesman for the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and Seth Tsosie, also of the tribe, walk in the area where K2 Gold Corp. of Vancouver, Canada, is conducting exploratory drilling.(Louis Sahagún / Los Angeles Times) LONE PINE, Calif. —  Perched high ...
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Town is first in valley to support initiative organized by conservation group The Mountain Pact https://www.aspentimes.com/news/basalt-council-supports-bidens-pause-on-oil-and-gas-leases-on-public-lands/ The town of Basalt is adding its voice to the debate over President Joe Biden’s decision to temporarily stop leasing public lands for oil and gas exploration to create time to review long-term policies. The Town Council unanimously directed ...
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Landmark legislation passes U.S. House; Rep. Boebert votes against bill https://www.aspentimes.com/news/public-lands-bill-provides-protection-on-200000-acres-of-thompson-divide/ The U.S. House approved Friday a massive public lands protection bill that has implications for the Roaring Fork Valley. The legislation packaged together eight separate public lands bills that were approved by the House but not acted on by the U.S. Senate last year. ...
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Paper’s authors say unrealistic projections make it harder to plan for a future under climate change Report: Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning Lake Powell is seen in a November 2019 aerial photo from the nonprofit EcoFlight. Keeping enough water in the reservoir to support downstream users in Arizona, Nevada ...
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https://www.aspenpublicradio.org/post/digging-deep-long-list-permits-stands-way-rmi-s-mine-expansion A proposed expansion to the Rocky Mountain Industrials limestone mine (bottom right) has been the source of public outcry in nearby Glenwood Springs, but it could be years before it has the necessary federal and state permits to break new ground.BRUCE GORDON/ECOFLIGHT FOR ASPEN PUBLIC RADIO Taking a limestone mine from less than 20 ...
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