Disasters

"Drought Emergency Declared for All Southern California"

"As California faces the prospect of a fourth consecutive dry year, officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have declared a regional drought emergency and called on water agencies to immediately reduce their use of all imported supplies."

Source: LA Times, 12/15/2022

"Coal Plant Tied To W.Va Governor Faces $1M Fine"

"A shuttered Alabama coal products company with ties to Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice would pay a $925,000 fine as part of a settlement to resolve a Clean Air Act lawsuit brought last year by local regulators."

Source: E&E News, 12/14/2022

"Legislators Have Goals For Fixing Florida’s Property Insurance Market"

"Florida’s property insurance market is in free fall. Florida homeowners pay property insurance rates that are three times the national average. Six companies have become insolvent and left the state in the last year."

Source: Miami Herald, 12/13/2022

Children Dying In Somalia As Climate-Driven Food Catastrophe Worsens

"More than 200,000 Somalis are suffering catastrophic food shortages and many are dying of hunger, with that number set to rise to over 700,000 next year, according to an analysis by an alliance of U.N. agencies and aid groups."

Source: Reuters, 12/13/2022

Weather Nerd ‘Looks Up’ and Finds Science, Meaning in Stormy Skies

Gen Z weather hotshot Matthew Cappucci recounts his rapid, if uneven, rise into major media meteorology in his new book, “Looking Up.” Along the way, he talks about weather — and the science behind it — in a way that reporters who cover storms can make good use of. Jenny Weeks reviews the volume for BookShelf.

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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Rick Snyder Related To Flint Water Crisis

"A district judge in Genesee County tossed a pair of misdemeanor charges levied against former Gov. Rick Snyder for his involvement in the Flint water crisis, citing previous court rulings that state prosecutors incorrectly used a "one-person grand jury" to indict Snyder."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 12/12/2022

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