Environment http://blog.wuwm.com en Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://blog.wuwm.com/post/pipeline-put-keystone-review-indefinitely-extended The Keystone XL pipeline remains a major point of contention within the Democratic Party, as green voters pull President Obama one direction and pro-energy senators and labor unions pull the other. It looks as though the "comment period" for the project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29479 at http://blog.wuwm.com Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department http://blog.wuwm.com/post/keystone-xl-pipeline-review-extended-state-department <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.</h6><p>The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.<p>In February, a Nebraska judge <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280182838/nebraska-to-appeal-ruling-that-blocks-keystone-pipeline-in-state">struck down a 2012 law</a> that allowed part of the pipeline to run through the state. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:58:00 +0000 editor 29480 at http://blog.wuwm.com Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated http://blog.wuwm.com/post/china-admits-one-fifth-its-farmland-contaminated Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time.<p>The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 percent of the country's soil in general and 19.4 percent of its farmland is polluted with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. It was based on a soil survey of more than 2.4 million square miles of land across China, spanning a period from April 2005 until December 2013. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29450 at http://blog.wuwm.com China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis http://blog.wuwm.com/post/unlikely-partnerships-spring-california-water-crisis At a recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding signs that read <em>"sin agua, no futuro"</em> and "no water, no food." Fresno is the top agriculture-producing county in the U.S., with more than $6 billion in annual sales.<p>Protesters argued that farms could go out of business without more water, and there would be mass layoffs. That rhetoric may be familiar, but the two groups' alliance is decidedly unusual.<p>"I'm really tickled to death to see the farmworkers working with the farmers. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 29400 at http://blog.wuwm.com Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis Milwaukee Eagle Scout Candidate Aims to Encourage Bicycling http://blog.wuwm.com/post/milwaukee-eagle-scout-candidate-aims-encourage-bicycling <p></p><p>As spring starts, more people are thinking about venturing out on their bicycles. Zebedee Summers is on a multi-generational mission to inspire more biking.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Susan Bence 29330 at http://blog.wuwm.com Milwaukee Eagle Scout Candidate Aims to Encourage Bicycling