This Past Week in WaterWise News:
U.S. Climate Refugees ♦ El Niño Worldwide ♦ California's Big Water Decision ♦ Defense Dept. Climate Change Definition ♦ SLR Displacement in NJ ♦ Lead in Water Across U.S. ♦ Partisan House Hearing on Flint ♦ 70% U.S. Coastal SLR Adaptation ♦ SLR will Force Relocation of 13.1m ♦ Obama Quits Offshore Drilling ♦ Developer's Don't Get It
The First U.S. Climate Refugees - March 20
Bloomberg View - The officials had a plan to save the town: by moving it someplace else.
The New York Times - In rural villages in Africa and Asia, and in urban neighborhoods in South America, millions of lives have been disrupted by weather linked to the strongest El Niño in a generation.
680 News - Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.
Defense Department Redefines Climate Change - March 18
The New York Times - The department recently decided that the standard Webster’s definition of “climate change” didn’t quite meet its needs. So it added its own version to its homegrown dictionary, the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.
NJTV News - Jersey’s most recent coastal flooding during the January storm — marked by significant erosion — only underscored the shore’s vulnerability.
The Washington Post - Lead contamination in drinking water is a problem that reaches far beyond the disaster in Flint, Mich., and threatens children’s health nationwide.
Politico - A House hearing on the Flint water crisis erupted into a bitter partisan clash Thursday over who was to blame for lead contamination in the Michigan city, with Republicans chastising the EPA chief and Democrats unloading on Michigan's governor.
USGS - Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Examiner.com - Then a new study published by scientists at the University of Georgia found that, unless we reduce our dependence on petroleum, 13.1 million Americans will have to move to higher ground before the end of the century because of the rising sea levels caused by global warming.
The Washington Post - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is dropping its year-old plan to allow companies to search and drill for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean off of four southeastern states.
The Guardian - Expanding warmer waters and melting land ice both contribute to flooding – and scientists agree that we are locked into sea-level rise for centuries to come.