The Hill - Humans are depleting a large portion of the world’s groundwater resources, and they are not being naturally refilled, researchers said. The scientists at the University of California Irvine used data from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellites to determine drainage of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers in recent years. They found that a third of the 37 major aquifers were either worse off in 2013 than in 2003 or were highly stressed.
The Hill - The House Appropriations committee approved a $30.17 billion Interior and Environment spending bill on Tuesday that cuts Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by 9 percent and blocks key Obama administration climate rules. Lawmakers approved the bill on a mostly partyline vote, and much of the debate centered on measures in the bill targeting EPA policies. Republicans said the measures are necessary to rein in what committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) called an “unnecessary, job-killing regulatory agenda.”
Albawaba - Gulftainer, the Sharjah-based shipping container terminal operator, expects to add a second terminal in the United States to its portfolio in the first quarter next year, Managing Director Peter Richards said on Tuesday. Gulftainer, which operates terminals in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon and Brazil, announced last week that it has signed a 35 year lease for Port Canaveral, Florida, its first US terminal. It will start operations at the port, which it estimates has an annual capacity of 200,000 TEUs, or the equivalent of 200,000 20-foot-long shipping containers, from July 1.
Wall Street Journal - The U.S. government needs to adopt a national policy to address congestion at major ports, the Brookings Institution said in a new report. With 85% of imports and exports moving through just 25 port complexes, traffic-clogged roads and other delays in a handful of cities can lead to major costs for producers and consumers nationwide, researchers at the think tank said. Goods moving through ports travel over 1,000 miles to reach their destination on average, Brookings found.
Sunshine State News - U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., showcased his pride in federal funding for the Everglades contained in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill passed Tuesday by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The South Florida congressman pointed to almost $140 million from National Park Services funds that would go to restore the Everglades at the following national parks: Big Cypress, Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas.
Fox News Latino - Bolivian engineer Carlos Tamayo has proposed a solution for the sea level rise caused by climate change that has earned him an award in the Global Impact competition organized by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.
Coastal News - The town of Saco, Maine has lost over 30 homes to the ocean. Officials say is up to the Army Corps of Engineers to get a permanent fix. It is a $26 million project in government hands.
Coastal News - The US Army Corps of Engineers has published the following announcements: Dredging, various channel sections of the Baltimore Harbor and Channels and Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Approach Channels, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to Gulf of Mexico, Elberon to Loch Arbor Reach, Contract 2 Deal to Elberon, New Jersey.