PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Global Warming Forum: State Sportsmen, Wildlife Will "Feel the Heat"

March 25, 2008

Watertown, SD – South Dakota sportsmen will hear some troubling news tonight at a global warming and energy forum in Watertown, sponsored by one of the country's oldest conservation groups.

Presenter Bill Grant, Midwest director for the Izaak Walton League of America, says the scientific evidence is overwhelming that energy production from fossil fuels is having a major impact on air and water quality, and that wildlife resources are at risk. He says a warmer and drier climate will threaten everything from waterfowl production in the prairie pothole region to the trout streams in the Black Hills.

"We expect duck production to shift further east. And because trout are typically cold water species, as stream temperatures rise, as they're expected to, many of those populations will be threatened as well. Upland bird species certainly are going to be impacted, and then glacial lakes of northeastern South Dakota, walleye and other colder-water species, are increasingly going to be threatened."

Grant says the good news is that there's a chance to stave off global warming. He says the Izaak Walton League has laid out a number of ways to turn things around, starting with energy efficiency.

"The truth is that Americans generally tend to use energy at much higher rates than our other developed countries around the world. The second principle is that renewable energy ought to be utilized to the fullest extent. The third principle is that we need to begin phasing out our use of conventional fossil fuels, and the ones that we do continue to use need to become much less polluting."

Grant says it's important that transportation fuels also be produced with lower pollution levels, and that can be done with bio-fuels. He says that drought climate cycles have come and gone before in South Dakota, but that the science is showing a more consistent pattern of higher temperatures in the past 20 years than in any previous time for which temperature data have been collected.

David Law/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - SD