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South Fla. officials want more fed help to adapt coast to climate change

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida officials testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that they're already shouldering the burdens of rising sea levels and they need state and federal partners to do more to help adapt their coastline to the effects of climate change.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was the only member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's subcommittee on science and space to make the trip to Miami Beach City Hall.

Man-made wetlands filter storm water at Ga. port

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Land once used to bury garbage near the Port of Savannah has been converted to a man-made ecosystem of marsh grasses and microbes, bugs and birds aimed at cleaning pollutants from rainwater before it reaches the Savannah River.

Georgia Ports Authority officials said Monday they spent $4 million installing 14 acres of artificial wetlands that meander for about a mile along the busy highway trucks travel to carry cargo to and from Savannah's docks. The work was finished about six months ago, but the port authority put off any public announcement until Earth Day.

US Senate panel holds Miami Beach hearing on climate change

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Senate is taking a field trip to Miami Beach for a hearing on the coastal effects of climate change.

The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's subcommittee on science and space will meet Tuesday morning at Miami Beach city hall. Mayor Philip Levine and the president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the witnesses scheduled to testify about the economic impacts of sea level rise and climate change on Florida's tourism and insurance industries.

Connecticut's nuclear plant can use warmer water

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's nuclear power plant won permission to use warmer water from Long Island Sound for cooling at one of its two units in Waterford, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday.

The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a similar request for Millstone 3.

Mayors release climate actions survey

Washington, April 22, 2014, 2:15 pm

U.S. Conference of Mayors hold media teleconference to announce survey of steps by cities to curb carbon emissions, adapt to climate change. 

Apple offering free recycling of all used products

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills.

Calif. farmers forgoing food crops as drought bites

Source: 
The New York Times

As much as 7 percent of California’s farmland could remain fallow this year as farmers forgo planting because of a lack of water, The New York Times reports.

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

BEIJING (AP) — Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants.

Fish found with mercury in remote Western regions

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service said that most fish they caught had acceptable levels of mercury, but 4 percent exceeded healthy levels.

Mercury occurs naturally, but scientists say its presence in national parks, which are supposed to leave wildlife unimpaired for future generations, was cause for concern.

US agency to reopen public comment on mussels

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

The two threatened species are the Rabbitsfoot mussel and the Neosho Mucket mussel. Under the Endangered Species Act, the service must consider areas thought to be crucial to a species' conservation and to mark them as a critical habitat.

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