"New Cluster of Zika Cases Is Reported in Miami Beach"

"A cluster of Zika cases most likely transmitted by local mosquitoes has been identified in Miami Beach, a health official said Thursday. Health authorities are trying to decide whether to designate a section of the bustling tourist city as a zone of active Zika transmission, and whether to advise pregnant women to avoid the area."

Source: NY Times, 08/19/2016

"Louisiana Flooding Damage Reports, Still Preliminary, Are Sobering"

"Even as thousands of residents of southern Louisiana are returning to their flood-damaged homes, more danger could lie ahead as rain continues to fall and the full extent of the damage can't be known, according to state emergency response officials."

Source: NPR, 08/18/2016

NC: "Top Aides To Be Questioned About Coal Ash Well Water Warnings"

"Top aides in the McCrory administration will have to testify under oath about a 2015 meeting on how to word do-not-drink warnings to well owners who live near Duke Energy coal ash ponds."

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 08/17/2016

"Zika, Miami And Innovative Alternatives To Pesticides"

"As locally acquired cases of Zika continue to gradually grow in Miami, officials are still hamstrung in deploying a promising technology to fight the mosquitoes that transmit the virus, Aedes aegypti. There are 22 locally acquired cases in Florida, 19 primarily in the Wynwood area of Miami, two in Broward County, and a new case in Palm Beach County."

Source: Forbes, 08/15/2016

"Duke Energy Asks S.C. Customers To Pay Cleanup Costs For Coal Ash"

"Duke Energy is asking for the first $1.5 million installment on what to date is a $500 million coal-ash cleanup bill as part of Duke Energy Progress’ proposed 14.5 percent rate increase in South Carolina."

Source: Charlotte Business Journal, 08/12/2016

NC State Epidemiologist Resigns After McCrory "Misleads" on Well Water

"North Carolina’s state epidemiologist resigned Wednesday to protest her employer’s depiction that “deliberately misleads” how screening standards were created to test private wells near Duke Energy’s power plants."

Source: Charlotte Observer, 08/11/2016

"NC Chiefs Bash Scientist Warning Water Near Duke Pits Unsafe"

"North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration on Tuesday again lashed out against a state toxicologist who said in sworn testimony he worried that state officials cleared well water near Duke Energy coal ash pits as safe to drink despite a chemical known to cause cancer."

Source: AP, 08/10/2016

Everglades: Algae Revives Reservoir Fight On Much-Engineered Okeechobee

"The soup of bright-green algae that is currently blanketing Florida's Treasure Coast is a reminder for many residents of the re-plumbing of the lower half of the state over the past century, when hundreds of canals, reservoirs and other public works were built to control the flow of water as cities blossomed there."

Source: Greenwire, 08/08/2016


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