Environment

A new study reveals how much water the U.S. uses in energy production. The answer is a lot – 58 trillion gallons. The data breakdown may be critical information for the Mountain West, where energy industries are big, but water can be scarce.

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Federal officials are predicting a bumper onion crop in 2018, but local producers are a little skeptical.

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August in Idaho means the last month of summer vacation, county fairs, camping and … oh yeah, wildfires. Here's just a few of the wildfire stories Boise State Public Radio covered this month.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released more details about his plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. The plan could have big impacts for public lands in the west.

 

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Water is one of the key ingredients in craft beer – and it’s used a lot throughout the entire craft brewing process. But what if there were a way to recycle wastewater and turn it into beer?

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A sharp turn in the weather has made it feel more like fall, despite the calendar saying late August. The milder weather is helping firefighters across Idaho as they continue to battle flames in the backcountry.

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People fish Lake Cascade for smallmouth bass and perch. But last week, an angler reeled in a species that isn’t supposed to be there: an adult walleye. It’s the first-ever confirmed report of a walleye in the manmade lake.


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The proliferation of wildfires throughout the West are forcing researchers to look at the health of American woodlands. Idaho Matters examines the future of the region's forests with Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz.

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An Oregon man who plead guilty to harassing a Yellowstone bison will spend time in jail.

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Wildfire smoke is continuing to foul air quality around much of the state. Monitoring sites in Twin Falls and Nampa both recorded levels of pollutants at an unhealthy level this week.

With wildfires burning through much of the West, there’s high demand for big aircraft to come in and battle the flames from above.

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State officials have issued warnings regarding high blue-green algae content in multiple ponds and lakes throughout Idaho.

The Trump administration announced a new rule on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, called the ‘Affordable Clean Energy Rule.’ It would put regulatory power in states’ hands.

The Obama administration had previously tried to enact something called the Clean Power Plan, which was considered the country’s primary strategy for lowering emissions to meet its 2030 target under the Paris climate agreement.

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After years of courtroom battles, it’s official: farmers and ranchers won’t have to report emissions of animal waste.

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Everybody loves a late-summer outdoor wedding, and what is a better setting than the natural splendor of the Gem State? The smoky haze from the region's wildfires are filling up the skies, though, and couples are worrying about the health of their wedding guests. Might there be a grey haze in all the wedding photos?

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