ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Media mogul Ted Turner set out years ago to establish a fund to bolster the dwindling populations of everything from falcons and frogs to Mexican gray wolves, using the nearly 2 million acres he owns in a dozen western states as home base for the projects.
Now, one of his New Mexico ranches is caught in a dispute between the state and federal wildlife officials over the management of the endangered wolves.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal water managers have released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.
The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 percent. Think 26,000 homes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.
State water officials already have acknowledged that improperly permitted oilfield operations have contaminated underground aquifers that are federally protected because they hold current or potential sources of drinking water.
“Ice and the Sky,” a documentary about Antarctica, climate change and scientist Claude Lorius, will close the Cannes film festival Sunday, and director Luc Jacquet hopes to win attention for his message that “there is something very important to do to conserve this planet,” The Independent reports.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — About 4,500 Guam residents are without water following the wind, rain and waves brought on by Typhoon Dolphin.
The Pacific Daily News reports Guam's water authority is working to restore services by Friday, and the island's power provider expects to bring the 2,000 customers that make up 4 percent of its total users back online by Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says.
People are migrating into areas — especially in the South — where the heat is likely to increase more, said the authors of a study published Monday by the journal Nature Climate Change. The study highlighted the Houston-Dallas-San Antonio and Atlanta-Charlotte-Raleigh corridors as the places where the double whammy looks to be the biggest.
Department of Water Resources officials told lawmakers in California last week that dropping groundwater levels mean 1,900 wells, or 1 percent of the total across the state, have gone dry, the Los Angeles Times reports.
LAGUNITAS, Calif. (AP) — What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.
State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state's history through this month, rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to transport a generation of hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay. California is locked in its driest four-year stretch on record, making the river routes that the salmon normally take to the Pacific Ocean too warm and too shallow for them to survive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.
Word that OPEC was producing 31.57 million barrels of oil per day in September—a level not seen since April 2012—sent prices into free-fall Monday. Light, sweet crude for November delivery lost $2.53 to settle at $47.10 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent dropped $2.79 to $49.86, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An analysis by an investment banking firm says spending on exploration for new oil deposits will drop to $25 billion next year, which will result in drastically curtailed production in the future, FuelFix reports.
Trimming its capital spending by almost a fifth in 2016, Phillips 66 says it will still continue to grow some of its midstream operations, including pipeline projects in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, FuelFix reports.
Although some 35,000 energy jobs have been cut in Alberta as oil producers tighten their belts to ride out the price slide, many money-losing oil sands projects are continuing, since their operators have too much invested to give up, The New York Times reports.
DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy are pushing for an end to Michigan’s renewable energy mandates, saying their investment in solar and wind power will continue to rise without state requirements, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.
First at a public hearing, then last week in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission, supporters of the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative say it will move further, faster toward generating more electricity from renewable sources than would the Hawaii Electric Light Co. under NextEra Energy Inc. ownership, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.
ChemRisk, a science consultant often used by companies under fire in environmental cases, has taken a couple of environmental activists to court for their unpaid article—published in The Huffington Post—about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, The New York Times reports.
Philadelphia’s Democratic candidate for mayor, Jim Kenney—who’s looking to build a consensus between business leaders and environmental activists on energy issues—is cautious when prodded for a position on developing the region as an energy hub, The Inquirer reports.
With the market driving down prices for renewables and natural gas, utilities like Dominion Resources and Dynegy are embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan as reinforcement for the plans they were already making for the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.