SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal agency said Friday it will not release any water for Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.
It will be the second year of no federal water for farmers in the region that grows much of the nation's produce. Many farmers had been bracing for the news as California's drought enters its fourth year.
A natural Pacific Ocean cooling cycle has helped to keep global warming in check over the past decade, say researchers writing in the journal Science, but they warn that warming is likely to accelerate again once the cycle finishes, Reuters reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress have called for more aggressive federal action to prevent toxic algae from contaminating the Great Lakes and other waterways around the nation, such as an outbreak on Lake Erie last summer that left more than 400,000 people without safe tap water for two days.
The House approved a bill this week that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop within 90 days of enactment a plan for assessing and managing risk from algal toxins such as cyanobacteria — a type of bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae. The bacteria produce a toxin called microcystin, which can cause liver damage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild.
A new study published in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say it confirms the science of climate change and the amount of heat-trapping previously blamed on carbon dioxide.
Shellfish like oysters and clams – and the $1 billion industry devoted to harvesting them in the U.S. -- are being threatened by the increasing acidification of the oceans, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, NPR reports.
Accused of launching "an unprecedented attack" on Alaska's energy production, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday attempted to convince skeptical Republican lawmakers that the Obama administration was committed to finding a balance between states' priorities and federal conservation efforts.
Jewell, in a hearing over her department's 2016 budget, faced aggressive questioning from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the energy committee's new chair, who said the Obama administration's handling of her state's energy resources “lacked balance.”
“Instead of recognizing the many opportunities Alaska has with regards to resources production, you have enabled an unprecedented attack on our ability to responsibly bring these resources to market,” Murkowski said.
A regional Environmental Protection Agency office is raising concerns about an inspector general report that accused officials of failing to maintain proper oversight of pesticide production and imports in North Dakota.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill – S. 640 -- that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to shoulder the costs of any impact its Clean Power Plan would have on government agencies, E&E reports.
Grid operator PJM Interconnection, in a lengthy analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, concludes that it would be cheaper for states to band together to tackle its carbon reduction requirements, rather than going it alone, E&E reports.
Uncertain of federal jurisdiction in the matter, the White House last year decided to leave to North Dakota the task of regulating the explosive gas content of crude being shipped by rail, administration officials have told Reuters.
After a contentious debate that lasted for hours, the Oregon House narrowly approved and sent to Gov. Kate Brown a measure to extend the state’s clean fuels program, intended to reduce the carbon intensity of vehicle fuels, The Oregonian reports.
A day after Maryland’s attorney general recommended that regulators reject the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, the companies announced that they’ll more than double the money set aside to benefit utility customers, The Washington Post reports.
Black Rock Group, the Virginia consulting firm that helped Republican Dan Sullivan win his senate seat last year, will open an Alaska office as planning intensifies for Energy committee chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 re-election bid, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.