Water & Oceans

With NOAA Cuts, Will Trump Starve Climate Messenger?

Proposed budget reductions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could undermine the work of agencies as varied as National Weather Service and Sea Grant, as well as a satellite network informing much climate research. The latest TipSheet outlines NOAA stories that may emerge ... or vanish.

Judge Dismisses Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Over Nitrates

"A federal judge has dismissed Des Moines Water Works' lawsuit against drainage districts in three northern Iowa counties the utility claimed are funneling high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River, a source of drinking water for 500,000 central Iowa residents."

Source: Des Moines Register, 03/20/2017
April 7, 2017

Coastal Resiliency in the Face of Environmental Change: Are Current Laws and Policies Flexible for a Changing World?

Oregon Sea Grant and the University of Oregon Environment and Natural Resources Law Center are cohosting this free symposium which will address issues such as ocean acidification, sea level rise, and other climate stressors, their impact on natural resources, coastal infrastructure, and energy development – all through a legal and policy lens. Space is limited, pre-registration by April 3 is encouraged.

Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

"The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears. But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble."

Source: NY Times, 03/16/2017

"Climate Change Complicates the Whole Dam Debate"

"Demolishing dams helps many fish but threatens waters where some native species shelter from drought and invasive predators"

"With California now on track to have the rainiest year in its history—on the heels of its worst drought in 500 years—the state has become a daily reminder that extreme weather events are on the rise. And the recent near-collapse of the spillway at California’s massive Oroville Dam put an exclamation point on the potentially catastrophic risks.

Source: Scientific American, 03/15/2017

Cook Inlet Gas Leak Remains Unmonitored as Danger to Marine Life Feared

"As the underwater methane leak in Cook Inlet, Alaska continues well into its third month, even basic environmental monitoring has been impossible because of ice cover. The ice also prevents any repair to the pipeline or response to the leak."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/15/2017

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