Water & Oceans

Oroville Crisis Points to Dam Stories in Many States

California's Oroville Dam has been in the news this month, as it threatened to fail, flooding nearby communities. But worsening dam safety is a national story with local angles throughout the United States. TipSheet runs down the risks and the resources, plus offers upcoming news hooks for dam stories in your community.

November 29, 2017 to December 1, 2017

5th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)

The World Ocean Council's 2017 SOS, in Halifax, Nova Scotia will bring together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and other sectors — as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

Warming Climate Lowers Ocean Oxygen Levels: Scientists

"A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine organisms if it continues."

Source: Washington Post, 02/17/2017

Oroville Dam Flood-Control Manual Not Updated For Half A Century

"The critical document that determines how much space should be left in Lake Oroville for flood control during the rainy season hasn’t been updated since 1970, and it uses climatological data and runoff projections so old they don’t account for two of the biggest floods ever to strike the region."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 02/16/2017

Oroville a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress

"The St. Francis Dam was a proud symbol of California’s engineering might and elaborate water system — until just before midnight on March 12, 1928, when it collapsed, killing more than 400 people in a devastating wall of water. Ever since, the state has had a reputation of diligent inspections as it has built the largest network of major public dams in the nation."

Source: NY Times, 02/15/2017

Sundance Festival a Megaphone for Climate Concerns

For the first time, Sundance Film Festival spotlighted a single theme, and it was climate change. Documentaries highlighting the issue including a sequel to Al Gore's blockbuster, as well as more than a dozen other films dealing with issues like coral reefs, recyling, changing landscapes and rainforest destruction.

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