LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm spread rain and snow early Friday through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now faced the threat of mud and debris flows.
Authorities in the foothill cities of Glendora and Azusa east of Los Angeles kept a wary eye on the barren slopes as rains moved through. Small debris flows covered one Glendora street but no property damage occurred, police said. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for about 1,000 homes in the area on Thursday.
A new evacuation covering 200 homes was ordered Friday morning in the nearby foothill city of Monrovia, where a wildfire denuded 170 acres of slopes above the city.
The Sierra Club and other groups concerned about Louisiana's wetlands are fighting a measure in the state legislature that would give the governor more power over the make-up of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, which has filed suit against oil companies over erosion, The Associated Press reports.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.
But regulating greenhouse gases is a touchy subject in the least-populated state, which just recently received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval to do so.
Wyoming also is the top coal-mining state by far, producing almost 40 percent of the nation's coal. Burning coal to generate electricity produces large amounts of CO2 — in Wyoming, across the U.S., and in the Far Eastern countries where state officials have sought to open up new coal markets.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sharp cutbacks in phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie are needed to counter a worsening problem of algae blooms that degrade water quality, harm fish and chase away tourists, a U.S.-Canadian agency said in a report to both governments Thursday.
The International Joint Commission, which recommends policies dealing with the Great Lakes and other border waterways, recommended targets for lowering daily amounts of phosphorus flowing into the ailing Erie. It's the smallest of the five lakes yet has the most abundant fish population and supports a billion-dollar angling and boating industry.
Federal Reserve Board chairwoman Janet Yellen said cold temperatures this winter have contributed to the recent economic slowdown, and that Fed officials are looking at other causes, The New York Times reports.
The Interior Department Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday completed a multi-year environmental review that sets the stage for new oil and gas seismic surveys off the Atlantic coast.
The expected surveys do not mean new drilling will happen anytime soon, if at all, a department official said. But the results will replace outdated information on mid- and southern Atlantic plays that will be used to decide whether to offer new leases after 2017.
The new satellite NASA is launching in cooperation with Japan will measure all of the rain that falls around the world, important data to help understand increasingly extreme weather, National Journal reports.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a state famous for big, clear skies: Wyoming.
Regulating greenhouse gases is a touchy subject in the least-populated state, however.
Wyoming faces an outsized challenge since getting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval in December to regulate greenhouse gases. New federal figures show Wyoming in 2011 emitted more than 112 metric tons of carbon dioxide per person — more than six times the national average.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on climate change that addressed 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.
"People do have persistent questions all about climate change," said study author Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. "This is a one-stop shop for many of those questions."
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.