The rainfall amounts in the southern California region should remain relatively unaffected by climate change, according to a study by UCLA researchers, published in the Journal of Climate, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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.
The Department of Energy has awarded $12.2 million to the University of Arkansas and $22.5 million to the University of Illinois Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium for projects to improve cyber defense technology on the grid and on oil and natural gas infrastructure, the Los Alamos Daily Post reports.
Many states—even a number of those traditionally opposed to cap-and-trade—are in preliminary discussions exploring whether carbon trading should be part of their plans to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
A projection from the International Energy Agency saying that the oil glut will persist well into next year dragged prices down Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude lost 44 cents, settling at $46.66 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent fell 62 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $49.24, Reuters reports.
Emerald Oil Inc. says it is $20 million overdrawn after lenders reduced the company’s credit line by 40 percent, so it has entered negotiations with the banks on how to pay back what’s owed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
After problems with platform anchors delayed Chevron’s multibillion dollar Big Foot drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico, the company has towed the platform back to South Texas for servicing and is investigating what went wrong, FuelFix reports.
A lawsuit against Energia Sierra Juarez—a joint U.S.-Mexican wind project that sells all of its output to San Diego Gas & Electric—also names the Department of Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and claims DOE didn’t consider environmental impacts in Mexico before signing off on the deal, KPBS reports.
Joining the Obama administration push to promote the fight against climate change ahead of the U.N. talks in Paris, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told an audience at Stanford University that the “advancing menace” of climate change is the biggest long-term challenge on the planet, Politico reports.
With the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wats Bar Unit 2 nuclear plant due to come online early next year—construction on it having started in 1972—the Los Angeles Times argues that the facility's history is symbolic of problems in the industry.
Grid operators and utilities will bring their arguments Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule requiring them to offer incentives to customers who cut electricity use during peak demand, E&E reports.