This Past Week in WaterWise News:
Unsafe Lead Levels Nationwide ♦ Obama's Tax on Oil ♦ El Niño Raises Concerns About Coastal Erosion ♦ Pentagon Prioritizes Climate Change ♦ Why Climate Change is Really Unfair ♦ Grant for Coastal Cities Threatened by El Niño ♦ Our Flood Estimates are Way Off ♦ Flint Crisis Rattles Congress ♦ Group Urges EPA Protection of Waterways ♦ Plastic in Oceans Hurting Oysters ♦ U.S. East Coast a Hotspot for Sea Level Rise
Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Flint - February 8
The New York Times - The crisis in Flint, Mich., where as many as 8,000 children under age 6 were exposed to unsafe levels of lead after a budget-cutting decision to switch drinking-water sources, may be the most serious contamination threat facing the country’s water supplies. But it is hardly the only one.
The Washington Post - When the White House announced last week that President Obama would pursue a $10-a-barrel tax on oil to fund major transportation system reforms, there were instant denunciations from many politicians, and especially congressional Republicans.
El Niño raises concerns about coastal erosion - February 7
The San Diego Union Tribune - As San Diego County spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to prevent coastal erosion, concerns have ramped up about how best to slow the potential loss of beaches, homes and highways.
The Washington Times - The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.
Why climate change is really, really unfair - February 5
The Washington Post - The countries that contribute most to the problem — such as China and the United States, the current top two emitters — tend to show less relative vulnerability to the impact compared with nations that have quite low levels of emissions, the research finds.
Fox 5 San Diego - A federal grant to protect coastal areas that could be endangered by El Niño and climate change has been awarded to local organizations, University of San Diego announced Thursday.
Our Flood Risk Estimates Are Way Off - February 4
Pacific Standard Magazine - In Midwest, "rare" floods are becoming the norm.
Flint drinking water crisis rattles Congress - February 3
Politico - Partisan anger over the Flint, Michigan, water crisis flared in Congress on Wednesday - spawning finger-pointing at a House hearing while threatening to scuttle a wide-ranging Senate energy bill.
Group urges EPA to protect waterways from pesticides - February 2
The Hill - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a legal petition Tuesday calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better protect the nation’s waterways from insecticides.
The Washington Post - Tiny bits of plastic in the ocean could have a serious impact on the ability of oysters to reproduce, a new study suggests, affecting everything from the movement of their sperm to the growth of their babies.
The Washington Post - New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place — namely, U.S. East Coasters.