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Report: Impacts of climate change include drought

By Kit Tilly and Hillery Dailey

We in the West are witness to the impacts of climate change. Montana and other Western states are now in unprecedented drought conditions.The National Integrated Drought Information System lists Ravalli County as being in severe drought, with rainfall down 3.15 inches from normal.

10/24/21
                                                               

How wildfire ‘burn scars’ threaten the West’s drinking water

By Sara Reardon Photo: Forrest Czarnecki , Reuters

Colorado saw its worst fire season last year, with the three largest fires in state history and more than 600,000 acres burned. But some of the effects didn’t appear until this July, when heavy rain pushed sediment from damaged forests down mountainsides, causing mudslides that shut down sections of Interstate 70 for almost two weeks.

09/28/21
                                                               

Deadly train derailment in Montana exposes decrepit state of US infrastructure

By Niles Niemuth Photo: Ted S. Warren , AP

The derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in northern Montana Saturday, which killed three people and injured at least 50, is the latest in a string of accidents and disasters that are the result of the decayed, underfunded and underdeveloped infrastructure in the United States.

09/28/21
                                                               

Bozeman High School students join global climate strike

By Hannah Kearse

Bozeman High School students walked out of school a little early Friday afternoon in protest.

09/25/21
                                                               

MSU study: Climate change generating anxiety and distress for Montana farmers, ranchers

By Anne Cantrell Photo: Kelly Gorham , MSU

Montana State University released a study in April 2020 about how climate change is generating anxiety and distress for Montana farmers and ranchers.

09/23/21
                                                               

Missoula, Helena, Bozeman ask MT delegation to support clean energy transition

By Martin Kidston Photo: Martin Kidston , Missoula Current File

Efforts to address climate change at the local level won’t go far unless Congress adopts national policies aimed at mitigation and frees up funding to pay for the efforts, several Montana cities and counties are telling the state’s delegation.

09/20/21
                                                               

Upcoming Summit Explores Clean Future for MT Energy

By Eric Tegethoff Photo: Anatoliy - Gleb , Adobe Stock

The Energy Future Summit will be held virtually Oct. 1, hosted by the Northern Plains Resource Council. Topics for sessions at the one-day summit will include a just transition to renewable energy and the role of power companies in that transition.

09/15/21
                                                               

Climate change activists show up at Tester’s offices across the state

By Hannah Kearse

Community members gathered on Bozeman’s Main Street for climate action at the federal level Thursday afternoon. Their message to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester was to support the transformation of the country’s energy infrastructure.

09/10/21
                                                               

Ratepayers will get day in court over utility pre-approval

By Amanda Eggert Photo: Eliza Wiley , MTFP

Missoula District Court Judge Jason Marks ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging the state’s pre-approval statute can proceed. In his order, Marks denied NorthWestern Energy’s motion, which it filed with support from Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and the Montana Public Service Commission, to dismiss the lawsuit.

09/03/21
                                                               

Federal oil and gas leasing program back in play in Montana

By Amanda Eggert

The federal government is moving forward with oil and gas leasing on 6,277 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Montana following a judicial order directing the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands.

09/02/21