California's ongoing drought has led to a dramatic rise in the number of reported water thefts and a black market for water sales, leading law enforcement to boost efforts to crack down on the practice, National Journal reports.
ITU, Brazil (AP) — It's been nearly a month since Diomar Pereira has had running water at his home in Itu, a commuter city outside Sao Paulo that is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades.
Like others in this city whose indigenous name means "big waterfall," Pereira must scramble to find water for drinking, bathing and cooking. On a recent day when temperatures hit 90 degrees (32 Celsius), he drove to a community kiosk where people with empty soda bottles and jugs lined up to use a water spigot. Pereira filled several 13-gallon containers, which he loaded into his Volkswagen bug.
The Chesapeake Conservancy hosts the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation. Keynote speakers include White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Director Mike Boots, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Conference continues Friday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.
Jewell renewed the administration's threat while speaking to a few hundred wilderness advocates at a national conference in Albuquerque celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Most of the western federal lands in seven western states where the greater sage-grouse faces the loss of habitat have low oil, gas, and renewable energy potential, according to a report released Thursday by a conservation group.
The report for the Western Values Project found that most federal lands in the states with sizable energy resources are outside the bird's key habitat areas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered how to resolve a long-running legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.
The justices appeared to agree with recommendations of a special master who found that Nebraska should pay $3.7 million in damages to Kansas for using more than its legal share of the river's water in 2005 and 2006.
The Supreme Court will make its first considerations on a long-standing water-use disagreement between Kansas and Nebraska over an interstate compact allocating water from the Republican River, E&E reports.
The Obama administration has more to do to convince farmers and ranchers that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to clarify the reach of the Clean Water Act over rural streams and wetlands won't mean new restrictions, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.
The intent of the rule, known as Waters of the U.S., is to give farm country more certainty about the scope of what's covered under the Clean Water Act, Vilsack told reporters, but he acknowledged that concern is running high. "Obviously there is still work to be done in terms of educating people about that intent, because that's not how it's been interpreted," he said.
Release of the Interior Department’s mountaintop mining stream buffer rule is to come in April instead of December, and the Security and Exchange Commission’s rule on mandatory foreign disclosure won’t be published until October 2015, according to latest edition of the Unified Agenda, which lays out a timeline for Obama administration regulations, The Hill reports.
Saying the Texas regional clean air plan doesn’t go far enough to reduce haze, the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering 15 coal-burning generating units at eight power plants in the state to do more to limit sulfur dioxide emissions, The Dallas Morning News reports.
With investors uncertain about whether OPEC will agree on production cuts at this week’s meeting, oil resumed its decline Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery lost 1 percent, down 73 cents to settle at $75.78 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 68 cents to $79.68, Bloomberg reports.
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency delayed a decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, scientists and ethanol producers are moving ahead with efforts to produce more of the fuel from agricultural waste, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a campaign against extending the wind energy Production Tax Credit, Americans for Prosperity has published ads in the hometown districts of 15 Republican lawmakers urging readers to contact them and suggest they oppose any reauthorization, The Hill reports.
A scientific analysis released by the World Bank finds that climate change impacts will harm the most vulnerable countries around the globe by mid-century even if an international accord is reached limiting greenhouse gas emissions, because of the effect of what’s already been released into the atmosphere, E&E reports.
American University’s board may have decided Friday against fossil fuel divestment, but major pension funds in Sweden and Norway have taken the step, and New London, Conn. is among 36 cities and countries that have done so, E&E reports.
Jerrel Hancock, 24, was the man who died in Thursday’s blast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials in Louisiana, in an explosion that took place when he and other employees of Turnkey Cleaning Services were working on a heater-treater on a platform operated by Fieldwood Energy, FuelFix reports.
The battle in U.S. court over the ownership of a tanker full of Kurdish crude has been continuing, with attorneys for Kurdistan arguing Friday that the case shouldn’t be decided in the American judicial system, FuelFix reports.