Washington Post- A new scientific analysis, just out in the journal Science by researchers led by Andrea Dutton of the University of Florida — and including a large team of scientists from the United States, Britain, and Germany — gives a pretty clear sense of what’s at stake. The new assessment compares the current state of the planet with three other warm periods from the Earth’s deep past that are, to varying degrees, comparable with where we may now be steering things.
The Hill- Lobbyists representing major electric utilities met with top Obama administration officials this week, urging them to roll back provisions of the upcoming climate rule for power plants. While recent weeks have seen dozens of lobbyists opposing and supporting the regulation meet with the White House, the two utility meetings were unique in the number of high-ranking Obama administration officials attending.
NYTimes- Teddy Roosevelt recognized that there are places in this country so special that they shouldn’t be developed, so he helped set aside these lands for future generations. As a Montanan, I know that for the last 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been the best tool the American people have had to protect our outdoor treasures and the wildlife that live there. The fund uses a portion of offshore oil and gas revenues to invest in conservation projects and support outdoor recreation in all 50 states. The fund expires in September, and Congress needs to reauthorize it.
NYTimes- Actor Tom Selleck has tentatively settled a Southern California court complaint that accused him of illegally tapping the public hydrant of a nearby water district to supply his ranch in the midst of a crippling drought, a district official said on Thursday. Attorneys for Selleck and the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, reached an accord that must now go to the agency's board for approval at a meeting set for next Wednesday, said Eric Bergh, the agency's resources manager.
NYTimes- A program that pays homeowners and businesses to replace lawns with drought-friendly landscaping has proven so popular that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is halting new applications.The water district's board more than quadrupled its $100 million conservation budget in late May as residents statewide tried to find ways to meet the 25 percent water use reduction set down by Gov. Jerry Brown. The district pays applicants $2 for each square foot of turf removed. Rebates have been awarded to projects that removed more than 150 million square feet of turf.
Roll Call- While the rest of the country may only think about climate change during an extreme weather event or as something our children are going to have to deal with, my home state of California is already facing the effects of climate change and is working tirelessly to deal with its effects. From reduced snowpack to a rising sea level, warming temperatures will continue to strain our state’s water supply and threaten millions of acres of farmland. Well into our fourth year of drought, mountains with snow that would normally reach six feet high this time of year are completely bare, wells have nearly dried up and fields in some of the most productive agricultural land in the country lay barren.
E&E Daily- A top White House official yesterday bashed the Senate's fiscal 2016 spending bill for transportation, housing and urban development, saying it contains "ideological" riders aimed at gutting key highway projects and other programs. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said the spending bill for the Transportation Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development would lock in sequestration-level spending caps that would hamper key investments in housing and transportation infrastructure.
Phys.org- A new review analyzing three decades of research on the historic effects of melting polar ice sheets found that global sea levels have risen at least six meters, or about 20 feet, above present levels on multiple occasions over the past three million years.
Daily Democrat- A massive dredging project at the Port of Redwood City has entered a new phase. The aim of the $12.8 million project is to deepen the channel to greater than 30 feet to allow more vessels to dock at the port. Before the project began, the depth of the Redwood Creek channel was 22 feet, but "a recent study concluded that every ocean going ship that calls at the Port has a loaded design draft greater than 30 feet," according to a city statement.
Half Moon Bay Review- The San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to take the lead on a sand replenishment project at Surfer’s Beach. But before further decisions can be made, all involved are awaiting a study on the problem from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Meanwhile, sand continues to accumulate inside Pillar Point Harbor, where boats must travel to reach their docks. The Army Corps built the outer breakwater in 1959 and has been in charge of its maintenance ever since. The jetty structure is suspected of trapping sand inside the harbor and for not letting it reach the other side, at Surfer’s Beach.
WCTI12- Phase five of North Topsail Beach's Shoreline Protection Project is now complete. North Topsail town leaders took out a 16.8 million dollar USDA loan for the project. It started in December of 2014 and continued all the way through last month. A large pipe was used to dredge sand from the ocean onto the beach. That sand was used to extend three-and-a-half miles of the southern portion of the beach. About 100-150 feet was added to the shoreline.