Washington Post - In a new study, scientists with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and several other institutions report a staggering finding: Glaciers of the United States’ largest — and only Arctic — state, Alaska, have lost 75 gigatons (a gigaton is a billion metric tons) of ice per year from 1994 through 2013.
The Hill - Legislation unveiled in the House this week would eliminate funding for an Environmental Protection Agency account for climate change research. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) argued that using funds in the EPA’s science and technology account for such studies are duplicative because the Department of Energy conducts similar research. “Americans don’t need to pay for research in the Department of Energy and then pay the EPA to do it again,” Salmon said. According to Salmon’s office, his bill would eliminate $734.6 million.
The Hill - The House is taking up a slew of environmental measures including a bill that would slash EPA funding and block many of President Obama’s climate rules. Lawmakers are expected to consider the Interior and environment appropriations bill, setting up a floor fight. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the bill, which would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 9 percent and halt a handful of upcoming agency rules.
Rapid City Journal - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports the average age of our nation’s dams is 52 years. By 2020, 70 percent of the total dams in the United States will be over 50 years old. Many dams were built with the best engineering and construction standards of the times. But as science and engineering has evolved, many dams are not expected to safely withstand current predictions regarding large floods and earthquakes.
WAVY - It’s a big problem in many areas of Hampton Roads: Flooding. One of the causes, rising sea levels, is a subject people in the low-lying Netherlands know a lot about. So, this week scientists from that country are in Norfolk to help cities in Hampton roads come up with a plan to keep our neighborhoods dry.
Boston Herald - The $4.1 billion capital spending plan unveiled yesterday by the Baker administration includes $35 million to dredge Boston Harbor, a project boosters say will allow the Hub to stay competitive with other ports.
Times-Herald - Work has begun on the long awaited deepening of the Port of Savannah, and Coweta leaders are looking to see economic benefits as that project’s potential is realized. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s slogan is “Prosperity’s Front Door,” and even though Savannah is five hours from Newnan, the port there is seen as a latch to unlock some prosperity for Coweta businesses and industries.