GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.
The crash killed all 128 people aboard the two planes in the deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history at the time. A nation already struggling with increasingly busy skies pressured Congress for major changes to improve air traffic control and radar systems in response to the tragedy.
About 200 people gathered Tuesday for a ceremony overlooking the gorge where the wreckage was scattered over 1.5 square miles. Park rangers set up binoculars so people could get a closer look at the buttes where the planes came crashing down. Some of the wreckage still remains in the canyon but is not visible from the overlook.
Top Obama administration officials are scheduled to appear at bike paths, public parks and a Civil War battlefield this week as they look to drum up support for an expiring fund for conservation projects.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top department officials plan to visit six states in an effort to highlight the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program designed to fund conservation, preservation and recreation projects. The outreach comes as Congress moves to draft appropriations bills for fiscal 2015.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
Exchange Traded Funds linked to the oil market have seen $2.7 billion in investor outflows in the past four weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the movement could be a signal that crude prices will resume falling.
New England governors gathering in Connecticut for an energy summit last week agreed electricity prices are a problem for the region and pledged cooperation to confront it, but came away without specific solutions, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
The Vatican summit on climate change set for Tuesday is part of a campaign by Pope Francis on the issue, according to National Journal, which questions whether it will have an impact on Republican politicians such as Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner.