Washington Post- Climate change can cause animals to move their populations around in some weird ways. In some cases, rising temperatures can open up new habitats for an organism to move in and take advantage of the warmer, wetter conditions. In other cases, the changing climate becomes too extreme for some animals, driving them into new territories in search of more suitable habitat.
The Hill- Hillary Clinton said she has “doubts” about whether oil and natural gas drilling should be allowed in the Arctic Ocean.“I have doubts about whether we should permit drilling in the Arctic, and I don’t think it is a necessary part of our clean energy, climate change agenda,” Clinton told NH1. “I will be talking about drilling in general, but I am skeptical about whether or not we should give the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic.”Clinton's comments conflict with President Obama, who has given Royal Dutch Shell the go-ahead to drill — with limitations.
The Hill- The Obama administration is poised to change some deadlines for states to comply with its climate rule for power plants when the regulation is made final. According to a document posted Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website, administration officials are planning to unveil the final carbon reduction plan Monday, with the first deadline for states’ interim carbon goals pushed back. EnergyWire first reported on the document, which the EPA removed after the news service asked about it. The New York Times separately reported the same schedule for the regulation, citing people familiar with the changes.
Nextgov- Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina headlined one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history – a season that saw some 4,000 lives lost and $160 billion in damages across the country. Since 2005, supercomputing advances and tech upgrades have bolstered the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s efforts to better forecast hurricanes. Those efforts will soon be injected with a steroid-like shot of data from two new environmental satellite programs.
Capitol New York- Federal, state and city officials met Tuesday morning in Manhattan to voice concerns on the threat of climate change and urge New York to use every tool they have to prepare for global warming and mitigate its hazards."Your staff is to be commended for picking the hottest day of the year so far for this hearing," the Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator Judith Enck told the state Assembly Work Group on Climate Change, a special committee chaired by Assemblyman Steve Englebright.
Drought Match- The state’s biggest challenge in meeting the population’s water supply requirements isn’t conservation, it isn’t lack of infrastructure, not storage, and not groundwater. It’s RHNA, a little known wonkish piece of legislation embodied in Government Code 65580 that’s mostly known to planners, developers and city hall staffers.
MPR News- With its Target store and mix of single family homes, Argenta Hills looks like any typical suburban tract. But it's anything but typical when it rains. Instead of traditional gutters and catch basins, the Inver Grove Heights development has cuts in the curb for stormwater to flow into rain gardens where plants soak it up. Part of the massive Target parking lot and some road intersections are porous, allowing water to seep into the ground. For bigger storms, low-lying basins collect the excess and prevent flooding. You won't find another like it in Minnesota. It's as if the whole area is one giant rain garden spanning more than 3,000 acres because when it rains, all the water stays on site. There are no underground pipes to carry it away to the Mississippi River.
The Whig- The days of brown water coming out when Doug Franklin and his neighbours turn on their taps could be numbered. There have been several water main breaks in the Hyland Court area and, since 2013, the tap water in the area has been running brown. "Our water turned brown so this was a concern," Franklin said. Everyone on the street had their water go that way." When the water troubles started, the township installed water filtration systems in affected homes."It's not harmful, but the appearance is terrible," said Franklin.
Phys.org- New research confirms that the land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking rapidly and projects that Washington, D.C., could drop by six or more inches in the next century—adding to the problems of sea-level rise.This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation's capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets—accelerating the threat to the region's monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations. For sixty years, tide gauges have shown that sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East Coast. And geologists have hypothesized for several decades that land in this area, pushed up by the weight of a pre-historic ice sheet to the north, has been settling back down since the ice melted.
The Advocate- The next 10 years will determine the shape of Louisiana’s coast as an influx of money from the upcoming BP Deepwater Horizon settlement and additional offshore oil and gas revenue enable the state to pursue larger coastal restoration and protection projects.The expected $640 million a year over the next 15 years in guaranteed funding is a far cry from the $30 million a year of recurring funding the state’s coastal office could depend on during the past seven years, Chip Kline, executive assistant to the governor for coastal activities, told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.It’s a continuation of growth the program has seen during the past seven years, in no small part because of the fines and settlements from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In 2008, the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had an operating budget of $200 million with $60 million to $70 million allotted for coastal protection and restoration.
Phys.org- Along the muddy banks of the Pamunkey River in Virginia's New Kent County, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have built an irrigation system that is allowing them to simulate the potential effects of climate change on tidal wetlands.
Greenwich Time- The dredging of the clogged Mianus River and Cos Cob Harbor is moving ahead.Town officials on Monday welcomed the news that the work to clear the harbor and river will commence in October of next year. The Army Corps of Engineers released its public notice that it would authorize the work late last week. “We’re very thankful,” said First Selectman Peter Tesei. “A lot of people have worked to bring this to fruition. Kudos to everyone involved through the years.”