Water & Oceans

"Louisiana's 50-Year Coastal Master Plan Seen as $71 Billion Short"

"Louisiana's projections for funding its 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection are at least $71 billion short of the inflation-adjusted $91.7 billion price tag, according to a study released Friday (Nov. 6) by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/10/2015

"Scientists Say The Amazon Is Still Teaching Us New Lessons"

"Recent scientific discoveries show that the Amazon rainforest might control the climate for much of South America. The theory could mean even more disastrous ramifications for the fragile ecosystem if deforestation continues unabated." Besides being an engine for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the rainforest seems to pump a "river" of moisture through the atmosphere that is larger than the Amazon itself.

Source: NPR, 11/09/2015

Wisc. Train Derails, Spills 18,000+ Gallons of Ethanol Into Mississippi

"Of 32 BNSF train cars that hurtled off the tracks near Alma, Wis., on Saturday, five of them broke open and spilled at least 18,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River, the railroad company said."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/09/2015

"Few Answers And 28 Still Missing Three Days After Brazil Dams Burst"

"MARIANA, Brazil -- "Three days after a massive mudflow and flood caused by ruptured dams at an iron ore mine, Brazilian authorities are still struggling to determine a cause or even recover the bodies of as many as 28 people possibly swept away in the torrent."

Source: Reuters, 11/09/2015


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