YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An atlas of Yellowstone National Park that has been nine years in the making is done. It features about 800 maps and graphics covering topics including archaeology, evidence of climate change, vegetation, bison movement, art, the economy and vegetation in the region, including both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. About 100 experts and 30 cartographers worked on the Atlas of Yellowstone led by the University of Oregon.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says a proposal to bring coal to Oregon and Washington state will lead to political corruption and environmental damage, while the actual number of jobs it will create is minimal. Kennedy led a rally in Portland yesterday, where he advocated against the proposal to bring coal from Wyoming and Montana to ports in Oregon and Washington, where it would be exported to China.
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — Safeway Inc. says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs. The grocery chain announced yesterday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates. Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett supports building the Keystone XL pipeline that TransCanada wants to build to carry Canadian oil south across the Great Plains to connect to Gulf Coast refineries. Buffett was asked yesterday about the project that would cross Nebraska on Fox Business Network. He says he’s not an expert on the project, but he thinks it generally makes sense to build the pipeline.