Climate Change

Environment Ministers From 29 Countries Meet in Berlin To Discuss Long-Term Goals

"NEW DELHI: Environment ministers and their representatives from 29 countries representing the entire spectrum of interests in climate negotiations will meet in Berlin for two days starting July 14 even as increasing instances of unprecedented heat waves and cold winters illuminate the urgent need for a global plan to counter climate change."

Source: Economic Times, 07/15/2014

"Texas, Leader in Greenhouse Gases, Stands Vulnerable to Their Effects"

"As Republicans promote the state’s economic 'miracle,' many climate scientists from Texas say prosperity has come at a steep price. With its dependence on an energy industry that relies on extracting fossil fuels, scientists say Texas has become a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions as well as more vulnerable to its consequences. Texas emits more greenhouse gases than any other state, according to federal data."

Source: NY Times, 07/14/2014

"Texas Law Reducing Dam Inspections Sparks Criticism"

"DALLAS -- Texas has stopped inspecting 44% of the dams in the state, following passage last year of a state law that exempted most privately owned dams from safety requirements. Now, as a drought dries up large portions of the Southwest, some dam-safety experts and officials are questioning the law, saying the dry spell is leaving webs of cracks along the surface of earthen dams that may make them weaker—and prone to triggering floods—when rains eventually fill them up again."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 07/14/2014

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