Abnormal El Nino In Peru Unleashes Deadly Downpours; More Flooding Seen
“A sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru has unleashed the deadliest downpours in decades, with landslides and raging rivers sweeping away people, clogging highways and destroying crops.” Mitra Taj reports for Reuters March 18, 2017. .
“Climate Change Financing Dropped From G20 Draft Statement”
“Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting.” Jan Strupczewski and Michael Nienaber report for Reuters March 17, 2017.
“EPA Awards $100 Million To Upgrade Flint Water System”
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning.” Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters March 17, 2017.
“U.S. Judge Signs Peabody Bankruptcy Exit After Environmental Deal”
“A U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy Corp’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy late Friday after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government over legacy environmental claims at a gold and metal mining subsidiary.” Tracy Rucinski reports for Reuters March 18, 2017.
“Maryland Governor Throws Support Behind Permanent Fracking Ban”
“In a stunning reversal, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday called for lawmakers to pass legislation permanently banning the natural gas drilling technique known as ‘fracking’ in Maryland.” Timothy B. Wheeler reports for the Bay Journal March 17, 2017.
“Push To Close Last Nevada Coal Plant Centers On Money”
“RENO — Sierra Club lawyers who’ve preached against the environmental evils of coal-burning power plants for decades are trying to force the closure of the last significant one in renewable energy-rich Nevada with arguments based on a different sort of green: money.” Scott Sonner reports for the Associated Press March 19, 2017.
“The Tiny Trump Budget Cut That Could Blind America to the Next Zika”
“The Obamacare repeal would halve a little-known fund that’s vital for monitoring unexpected infectious threats.” Ed Yong reports for the Atlantic March 18, 2017.
Judge Dismisses Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Over Nitrates
“A federal judge has dismissed Des Moines Water Works’ lawsuit against drainage districts in three northern Iowa counties the utility claimed are funneling high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River, a source of drinking water for 500,000 central Iowa residents.” Donnelle Eller reports for the Des Moines Register March 18, 2017.
“Offices of Volkswagen and Audi Chiefs Searched in Raid, Warrant Says”
“German officials included the offices of both Volkswagen’s chief executive and the head of the Audi division when they raided company premises last week as part of an investigation into emissions fraud, according to a copy of the search warrant.” Jack Ewing reports for the New York Times March 19, 2017.
People Sending EPA Employees Chocolate Chip Cookies, Thank You Cards
“The cookies showed up Monday morning, hundreds of them packed tightly in cardboard boxes, and made their way to offices throughout the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in downtown Washington.” Brady Dennis reports for the Washington Post March 17, 2017.