Natural Resources

Colorado River: "Running Toward Empty?"

Water managers, farmers, electric utilities, skiers and some 30 million water users breathed a sigh of relief in recent weeks with news that snowpack in the basin of the Colorado River was better. The relief may be temporary. The drought that has plagued the region for 11 years may become the new "normal."

Source: Climate Central, 01/19/2011

New Push To Strengthen Mine Safety Faces Resistance by Old Strategies

The Obama administration's efforts to toughen mine safety enforcement, following the Upper Big Branch disaster in April that killed 29, are encountering the same old evade-and-delay resistance from the mining industry. Those are the tactics that appear to have led to the disaster in the first place.

Source: Wash Post, 01/05/2011


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