Water & Oceans

Native American Tribes Approve Proposal Securing Colorado River Water

"The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement that would ensure water rights for its tribe and two others in the drought-stricken Southwest -- a deal that could become the most expensive enacted by Congress."

Source: AP, 05/24/2024

"EPA Formally Denies Alabama’s Plan for Coal Ash Waste"

"The Environmental Protection Agency has formally denied Alabama’s plan to allow Alabama Power and other utilities to continue storing toxic coal ash in unlined pits at sites across the state."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/24/2024

New PFAS Drinking Water Rule Promises Local Stories

New federal regulations governing a group of “forever chemicals” under the Safe Drinking Water Act — a rule years in the making — have important implications for local drinking water supplies and, per the latest TipSheet, local environment reporting. A look at the problem with PFAS, the complicated route to its regulation and more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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Mangroves Protect Communities From Storms. Half Are At Risk, Report Finds

"Half of the world's mangrove ecosystems, with trees whose roots stretch down into brackish water, are at risk of collapse. That's according to the first assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a leading scientific authority on the status of species and ecosystems. The new report finds that sea level rise fueled by climate change is the biggest risk."

Source: NPR, 05/23/2024

"Fast-Rising Seas Could Swamp Septic Systems In Parts Of The South"

"On the worst days, when the backyard would flood and the toilet would gurgle and the smell of sewage hung thick in the air, Monica Arenas would flee to her mother-in-law’s home to use the bathroom or wash laundry."

Source: Washington Post, 05/23/2024

Half Of World's Pastures Degraded By Overuse, Climate Change: UN Report

"Half the world's natural pasture land has been degraded by overexploitation and the impact of climate change, putting food supplies and livelihoods in peril, the United Nations body in charge of fighting desertification said on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 05/23/2024

Sea Tribunal Says Countries Must Prevent Greenhouse Gases From Harming Oceans

"An international tribunal said on Tuesday that countries have binding legal obligations to prevent greenhouse gasses from harming the world’s oceans in a landmark opinion that experts say could strengthen climate-vulnerable countries’ efforts to hold major polluters accountable and drive action to fight climate change."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/22/2024

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