Podesta addresses Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 Day 1

Washington, June 10, 2014, 10:00 am

White House adviser John Podesta delivers morning keynote to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference Day 1. State Department Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli to speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues through Thursday.

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees.

It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities. Now one of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of that forest to curb pollution.

The plan drafted by Dow Chemical and the Nature Conservancy is only in its infancy and faces many hurdles. But it envisions a day when expensive machines used to capture industrial pollutants might be at least partially replaced by restoring some of the groves of native trees that once filled the land.

Senate Energy subcommittee hearing on Klamath Basin act

Washington, June 3, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on S.2379, the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2014.

Senate Environment subcommittee hearing on climate and conservation

Washington, June 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee hearing, "Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe among witnesses. 


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Murkowski urges 'energy-water' research to address potential water shortages

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday called for federal research to reduce the billions of gallons of water used in oil and gas drilling and in electricity generation, as droughts and population growth put new demands on water sources. 

Murkowski also backed new research to cut the energy devoted to transport and treatment of water supplies, according to a policy white paper she released and prepared remarks she was to deliver to the Atlantic Council on the so-called energy-water nexus.

Senate Environment field hearing on Conowingo Dam and Chesapeake Bay

Conowingo, Md., May 5, 2014, 4:15 pm

Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing, "Finding Cooperative Solutions to Environmental Concerns with the Conowingo Dam to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay." Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives to testify. 

China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4 percent to 59.6 percent, according to the report, released late Tuesday.

Beijing has been responding to public demands for transparency in environmental data. Last week, the government released a summary of a years-long survey that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated, most of it with toxic metals.

Gallup poll shows support for conservation over energy production


A new poll published by Gallup shows that 57 percent of respondents support energy conservation over new energy production, up from 51 percent last year.

Vermont feels pressure to clean up Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials posted online a hefty plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain from stormwater runoff, and now await word on whether it goes far enough in addressing federal concerns.

Decades of runoff have contributed to dirtying Vermont's signature lake and causing excessive algae growth. The pollution has turned the water murky, hurt tourism, depressed property values and increased water treatment costs.

Cleaning up the lake has been a longstanding state goal, but lawmakers and officials say the state is under more pressure now to meet federal targets. If the latest plan doesn't measure up, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could impose expensive regulations on sewage plants in the state.

Murkowski pressures Jewell to reconsider King Cove road decision

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday delivered an angry broadside at Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her rejection of an emergency access road through a national wildlife refuge to the King Cove community in her state, intensifying the friction between the two.

"I will not get over this issue," said Murkowski, a Republican, to Jewell during a 15-minute statement on the King Cove stalemate at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on the department's budget.


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