Today in WaterWise News:
Electric Cars hitting stores ♦ Alaska buys out TransCanada from LNG Project ♦ Pumpkin shortage due to climate change ♦ No evidence for global warming "pause" ♦ Poor countries get the brunt of climate change ♦ 2015 to be warmest year on record ♦ Army Corps on final report ♦ Residents resist tidal flooding in Jersey Shore ♦ Can the military build a disaster-resistant city? ♦ Hurricane Sandra off the coast of Mexico ♦ Congress and the Refugee decision ♦ Governor gives bump to everglades restoration ♦ Buffalo Harbor State Park transforms ♦ Midland Beach flood prevention project ♦ Debate over Lake Ontario plan ♦ Sand has disappeared ♦ Dredging Contract bid ♦ War of Words over Gravesend Bay
New York Times - More than seven years ago, President Obama called for one million electric cars to be on the road by this year, and the vehicles have gained a large fan club. Environmentalists promote them as a smart way to cut dangerous emissions. Owners love their pep and the gas money they save. Read more.
Wall Street Journal - Alaska paid $64.6 million to buy TransCanada Corp.’s stake in a proposed project to ship natural gas by pipeline from the state’s North Slope to an export terminal on the coast. Read more.
Washington Post - With the holidays close at hand, ‘tis the season for all things pumpkin — especially the nation’s traditional favorite, pumpkin pie. But it may be a disappointing holiday season for pumpkin lovers this year: The nation’s leading producer of canned pumpkins has announced a shortage in its pumpkin supply this year, and it’s pointing to climate change as the likely cause. Read more.
Washington Post - Even as Lamar Smith (R-Tx.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, continues to investigate a high profile study from federal scientists debunking the idea of a global warming slowdown or “pause,” a new study reaches the same conclusion — in a different yet complementary way. Read more.
Washington post - One of the most fundamental predictions of climate change models is that warming temperatures will disrupt the world’s food supply. Many countries will find their staple crops don’t grow as well, or at all, and the ones whose economies rely heavily on agriculture could suffer major losses in income and wealth. Read more.
BBC - Global average temperatures in 2015 are likely to be the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Read more.
Breaking Defense - As it hustles towards a February 1st deadline, the National Commission on the Future of the Army remains pretty tight-lipped on what it’ll say in its report to Congress. Even our usually savvy sources are mostly shrugging their shoulders. However, the commissioners have dropped enough hints for us to make two educated guesses. Read more.
APP - They left before the flood. Worried they might not make it, Maryann O’Neill and her husband hurried away from home by 5 a.m. for a 9 a.m. doctor’s appointment. The 74-year-olds had to leave before salt water blocked the road. Read more.
Gov Exec - There’s no such thing as a simple disaster. Take the 2011 tsunami that swept across eastern Japan. As a wall of water moved toward low-lying towns and villages, people attempted to flee in cars — and drowned in massive traffic jams. Read more.
AP - Sandra has become a hurricane in the eastern Pacific off Mexico and is expected to strengthen even further in the next couple of days. Read more.
Roll Call - Republican lawmakers who see the year-end omnibus spending bill as a vehicle to slow the flow of Syrian refugees to the United States might need to get creative. Why? The certification process for refugees critics are concerned about is funded by fees, not appropriated by Congress. Read more.
Florida Water Daily - Gov. Rick Scott wants to boost dollars for Everglades restoration next year but falls short on money environmentalists say is needed to buy land for conservation under the Florida Forever program. Read more.
WNY Papers - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the start of construction work on the small boat harbor breakwall and southern revetment, which is the next phase of the multimillion-dollar transformation of Buffalo Harbor State Park. Read more.
DNA Info - A $22 million project intended to prevent flooding and brush fires in the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Midland Beach launched this week. Read more.
FL Times - The debate over a plan to regulate Lake Ontario’s water levels flared again last week. Read more.
Branford Eagle - Shoreline residents know the effects of rising seas and climate change—the sand is disappearing and storms are becoming fiercer. Read more.
Cape Cod - Three Bays Preservation and Mass Audubon Society are seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Nantucket Sound and Cotuit Bay. Read more.
Kings County Politics - Southern Brooklyn Assemblyman Bill Colton, with the backing of several local lawmakers, yesterday turned up the heat on the de Blasio Administration to halt the dredging of Gravesend Bay after releasing what they say is a video showing how the work is stirring up toxic waste. Read more.