Disasters

"Ice Shelf Protecting Antarctic Glacier Is Breaking Up Faster"

"The Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelf loss accelerated in 2017, causing scientists to worry that with climate change the glacier’s collapse could happen quicker than the many centuries predicted. The floating ice shelf acts like a cork in a bottle for the fast-melting glacier and prevents its much larger ice mass from flowing into the ocean."

Source: AP, 06/14/2021

"St. Croix’s Limetree Bay Refinery Could Be Facing Bankruptcy"

"When the long-mothballed Limetree Bay oil refinery reopened in February, environmentalists saw it as a parting gift from the Trump administration to the deeply divided people of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some thought the massive facility would help revive the island’s economy while others feared environmental disaster and a looming climate nightmare."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/14/2021

Lake Mead Falls To Record-Low Level, Milestone In Colorado River Crisis

"Lake Mead has declined to its lowest level since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s following the construction of Hoover Dam, marking a new milestone for the water-starved Colorado River in a downward spiral that shows no sign of letting up."

Source: Arizona Republic, 06/11/2021

"Texas Governor Says Power Grid Fixed; Experts Cite Problems"

"Despite experts who say Texas’ power grid remains vulnerable, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday that new reforms “fix all of the flaws” that caused February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power in subfreezing weather."

Source: AP, 06/09/2021

"Drought Ravages California’s Reservoirs Ahead Of Hot Summer"

"Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires."

Source: AP, 06/08/2021

Forest Service Offers Mapping Database on Potential Wildfire Hazards

With a particularly dangerous wildfire season ahead, environmental journalists can better cover the heightened risk with a specialized U.S. Forest Service database. It predicts fire risk using a range of frequently updated variables like amount and condition of fuel, drought and topography, then maps it in high resolution with overlays of human structures and populations. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox has more on the database, and details how to make smart use of it.

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