Conservation

Senate Energy subcommittee hearing on energy-water nexus bill

Washington, June 25, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on S. 1971, the "Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014." Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology Jonathan Pershing, Interior Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tom Iseman to testify.

Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year.

No independent group tracks beer-makers' water usage, but MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch both say they have made reductions. MillerCoors released a sustainability report Wednesday that shows it has cut its water use by 9.2 percent from 2012.

"Water is just critical to us," Kim Marotta, the Chicago-based company's sustainability chief, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Looking ahead, we needed to find a way to brew more beer but use less water."

Oil

Oil company, group agree on Congo park plan

GENEVA (AP) — An agreement announced Wednesday between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group could prevent oil drilling in a national park in Africa where 200 endangered mountain gorillas live.

A joint statement by SOCO International PLC and Switzerland-based WWF said there will be no exploratory drilling in Congo's Virunga National Park, which is Africa's oldest, unless the government and the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO agree it would not threaten the park's world heritage status.

As part of the understanding, SOCO agreed to suspend exploration once it finishes seismic testing on Lake Edward and WWF pledged to drop a complaint that the oil company violates good-practice business guidelines set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Green groups says conservation could create water surplus in California

Source: 
Bloomberg

The Pacific Institute and the National Resources Defense Council said in a study that smarter conservation and water management policies could help drought-stricken California reach an overall water surplus of more than 6 million acre-feet, Bloomberg reports.

Obama signs $12.3 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota.

Obama praised the work of Democrats and Republicans and said he hoped it set a pattern for agreement for more spending on capital works projects across the country.

"Right now we should be putting a lot more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure," he said. "There are a lot of guys with hardhats sitting at home."

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 Day 3

Washington, June 12, 2014, 9:00 am

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 concludes. Commerce Department Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Kathryn D. Sullivan appears on afternoon panel. 

Jewell addresses Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 Day 2

Washington, June 11, 2014, 9:00 am

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivers 1:15 pm address to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference. BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, BSEE Director Brian M. Salerno, Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues Thursday.

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.

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