Flooding is no longer just a local disaster story. As the phenomenon worsens and spreads, it simultaneously raises issues like development, insurance, stormwater management and climate change. The latest TipSheet runs down longer-term angles of flooding, and offers sources and tools to better cover your own flood stories.
"Several state attorneys general are asking federal regulators to strengthen rules on trains transporting crude oil."
"President Trump is planning to nominate three commissioners to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)."
"On Thursday, a group of scientists, including three working for the U.S. Geological Survey, published a paper that highlighted the link between sea-level rise and global climate change, arguing that previously studies may have underestimated the risk flooding poses to coastal communities."
"WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Norm MacQueen would seem to fit the profile of a property owner comfortable with an oil and gas pipeline running through his land. A retired oil refinery employee, MacQueen worked amid risky conditions for more than 20 years, as a pipe fitter and a welder."
"The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in two separate incidents in North Dakota in March as crews prepared the pipeline for operation."
"EPA political leadership is occasionally inserting new data and other information into public statements without final review from career policy specialists, EPA officials told Bloomberg BNA."
"As part of its 2018 budget, the Trump administration is proposing to reduce by half the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a cushion against global price shocks and supply disruptions. The administration said it expects the drawdown to reduce the federal deficit by $16.6 billion, part of a package of deficit reduction measures over the next 10 years."
"Candidate Donald Trump vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency 'in almost every form,' leaving only 'little tidbits' intact. President Trump is making good on his promise to take a sledgehammer to the agency. When the White House releases its latest budget proposal on Tuesday, the EPA will fare worse than any other federal agency."
"As someone who has studied bobcats for almost four decades, wildlife ecologist John Litvaitis remembers many times returning from the field without spotting a single one of these solitary and shy creatures that often hunt at dusk. But bobcats are less elusive now as their numbers rise and they become more comfortable around humans. Joining the likes of foxes, coyotes and even mountain lions in rare cases, bobcats are making a home in small towns and suburbs — and realizing there is plenty to eat in the cities."