Environment

World passes greenhouse gas warning mark, says agency

Source: 
The Hill

Northern hemisphere carbon dioxide levels were above 400 parts per million in April, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which considers the mark a warning about the growing climate change dangers, The Hill reports.

Oil

Greenpeace boards 2 drill rigs in Arctic protest

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Greenpeace says activists have boarded two offshore drilling rigs in a protest against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters.

Juha Aromaa, a spokesman for the environmental group, says 15 activists boarded a rig operated by Norwegian energy company Statoil about 109 miles (175 kilometers) off the Bear Island nature reserve early Tuesday without encountering any resistance from the onboard crew.

Alaska wildfire keeps growing after evacuations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials said that possible rain forecast this week in Alaska could help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.

The Funny River Fire in the state's Kenai Peninsula covered nearly 248 square miles as of Monday morning and was 30 percent contained, according to the Alaska Interagency Interagency Management Team.

No injuries or structure damage has been reported, officials said.

Official: ND oil camp tornado injured 9 people

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — An emergency management official says a tornado that struck a North Dakota oil worker camp injured nine people, one of them critically.

McKenzie County Emergency Management Director Jerry Samuelson says the tornado that struck the camp about 5 miles south of Watford City on Monday destroyed eight trailers where workers lived.

California's flawed water system can't track usage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.

Their special status dates back to claims made more than a century ago when water was plentiful. But in the third year of a drought that has ravaged California, these "senior rights holders" dominated by corporations and agricultural concerns are not obliged to conserve water.

Global air pollution costs top $3.5T: OECD

Source: 
E&E

Add India and China to the world’s 34 advanced economies and the cost of air pollution – counting health care and lives cut short – tops $3.5 trillion, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, E&E reports.

Water quality at beaches improves because of Calif. drought: Report

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card in California found an improvement in the water quality in the state’s beaches, which it attributes to less polluted runoff flowing into the sea as a result of the current drought, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Climate change hurts food harvest: Study

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

A study released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds that climate change has hurt U.S. crops, with higher carbon dioxide levels lowering the protein in wheat, among other impacts, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Private money boosts federal public lands program

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of young people will be clearing weeds and planting trees from Hawaii to Vermont under a federal program that depends largely on private funding, the U.S. interior secretary said Thursday.

The government is putting in $1.9 million of the $6.7 million for the project announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit created by Congress in 1984 to support wildlands, managed the donations for the young workers' project and said the largest contribution, of $130,000, was provided by Wells Fargo & Co. for six projects, and the remainder by groups working on the projects such as Groundwork Denver in Colorado and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in the form of cash, equipment, travel, or in-kind services.

Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

NEW YORK (AP) — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.

The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world, will likely reduce the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in New York City.

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