Environment & Science

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Excerpt:   Peabody Energy is one of the largest coal companies in the world and operates mines all over the United States, including in Wyoming.  Now some of Peabody's senior lenders are recommending bankruptcy, as the company faces potential defaults on several loans...

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  The warm temperatures and windy conditions that have been part of the Billings area weather forecast can be causing problems for trees and shrubs, especially the evergreens.

Last year a common sight around Billings was the winter burn or winter kill. Those were the brown sections that appeared on lots of evergreens.

The problem is water.  And now is the time to take action to prevent winter kill this season.

Amy Grandpre is the horticulture assistant for Yellowstone County Extension Service.  She says the key is to water the drip line.

Environmental groups are suing to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.

In this episode of "Mountain West Voices," Montana rancher Ellen Pfister talks about the impact of longwall coal mining on the ranching communities of central Montana.

Radio Telemetry: To Catch A Loon

Feb 9, 2016
National Park Service/Jennifer Jerrett

Yellowstone National Park will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A session on February 12, 2016 at noon (MT time) where you can interact with Vincent Spagnuolo, one of the scientists featured in this story. Join the Twitter chat using #askYellSci to submit your questions.  

Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University has this podcast and more natural sound recordings from Yellowstone National Park.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Many of the natural sounds of Yellowstone National Park are available for on-line listening thanks to the work of audio producer Jennifer Jerrett.

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