This Past Week in WaterWise News:
Energy Secretary Budget Hearings ♦ Increasing Economic Damage from Sea Level Rises ♦ Innovative Dredging Approach ♦ Offshore Drilling Regulation Coming Soon ♦ Wetlands at Risk from Sea Level Rise ♦ Arctic Thaw Opens Up Shipping Waterways ♦ Ocean Acidification Slows Coral Reef Growth ♦ Climate Change Pushes Fish Towards Poles ♦ Fracking in Florida ♦ Senate Flint Deal ♦ ASBPA Planning ♦ Seas Rising At Fastest Rate
Energy Secretary Takes Budget Hot Seat - February 29
The Hill - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will be on the hot seat before both the House and the Senate to defend the fiscal 2017 request for the Energy Department.
Reuters - As sea levels rise, threatening cities from New York to Shanghai, the economic damage will increase even faster, scientists said on Monday.
Innovative Approach to Dredging Could be a Double Winner - February 27
Greenwich Time - Could that thick layer of black muck that chokes our harbors and channels be a natural resource that could become new recreational areas and barrier islands that protect our coastline during severe tides and storm surges? The answer is at least a qualified yes.
Major Offshore Drilling Regulation Coming Soon - February 26
The Hill - Federal regulators are putting the finishing touches on their offshore drilling regulation meant to prevent undersea well blowouts.
Phys.org - Researchers have modelled how wetlands might respond to rising sea levels, and found that as much as four-fifths of wetlands worldwide could be lost by the end of the century if sea levels continue to rise.
Reuters - The Arctic is thawing even faster than lawmakers can formulate new rules to prevent the environmental threat of heavy fuel oil pollution from ships plying an increasingly popular trade route.
Ocean Acidification Already Slowing Coral Reef Growth - February 24
ScienceDaily - A team of scientists performed the first-ever experiment that manipulated seawater chemistry in a natural coral reef community in order to determine the effect that excess carbon dioxide released by human activity is having on coral reefs.
Reuters - Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.
Unlikely Battle Over Fracking Intensifies in Florida - February 24
The New York Times - With geology akin to a wet sponge and fragile underground aquifers that supply almost all its drinking water, Florida has never been considered part of the agitated battle over fracking as a technology for extracting oil and gas.
Senate Reaches Deal on $250M Flint Aid Package - February 24
The Hill - The $250 million agreement, which the Senate is expected to vote on as soon as next week, would provide aid to Flint and other parts of the country with contaminated drinking water.
ASBPA – Planning Ahead for Coastal Resilience - February 23
Coastal News Today - More and more coastal communities face hard evidence that sea level rise (SLR) is far from abstract but is becoming very, very real – as in “water lapping at your doorstep” real.
Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries - February 22
The New York Times - The worsening of tidal flooding in American coastal communities is largely a consequence of greenhouse gases from human activity, and the problem will grow far worse in coming decades, scientists reported.