Western states face first federal water cuts

U.S. officials are expected to declare the first-ever water shortage from a river that serves 40 million people in the West, triggering cuts to some Arizona farmers next year amid a gripping drought.

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Can retrofitting dams for hydro provide a green energy boost?

With the era of building big dams over in the U.S., a growing number of existing dams are being modified to produce hydropower. These projects, advocates say, avoid the damaging impacts of new dams and could generate enough renewable electricity for several million homes.
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Will dams spoil one of Europe’s last wild rivers?

Albania's Vjosa River also faces other development threats, including an airport. Designating the river a national park could save it.

Toxics

Colonial ransomware hack spurs first-ever cybersecurity regulations for pipeline industry

Federal officials will replace voluntary cybersecurity guidance for the pipeline industry with mandatory regulations following a devastating cyberattack on the Colonial pipeline earlier this month.
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Justice

Upgrading the Androscoggin River under a new bill sparks debate, pushback from businesses

Environmentalists and recreationalists support the idea. Businesses that use it as a way to get rid of waste do not.

Justice

WATCH: River dams have decimated the chinook salmon population

Lostine, the new short film from Shane Anderson and the nonprofit Pacific Rivers, highlights the powerful story of collaboration between the Nez Perce Tribe and Woody Wolfe, a sixth-generation rancher in Wallowa, Oregon.

www.theguardian.com
Toxics

Endangered US rivers at grave risk from dams, mining and global heating

Every year American Rivers ranks the country's 10 most endangered rivers to highlight where imminent threats to human health, safety and survival could be resolved through decisive political, business and community measures.

Justice

Many states use outdated rainfall predictions when designing roads, bridges and dams

Lack of a current, national rainfall database means some states are using outdated data - some as much as 60 years old - as they design new roads, bridges and dams. That's a dangerous problem as the climate changes.

therevelator.org
Toxics

Our last, best chance to save Atlantic salmon

Atlantic salmon are perilously close to extinction in the United States. Taking down a few dams could go a long way to aiding their recovery, experts say.
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Climate

California's drought is back, but nobody wants to hear it from Newsom

"I think the governor's in a very tricky situation," said Darry Sragow, a longtime California Democratic strategist.
Climate

Slow recovery: Repeated floods and storms strain East Kentucky's aging infrastructure

Two floods in less than two years, plus a crippling ice storm laid bare the weaknesses in rural east Kentucky's aging infrastructure system.
www.washingtonpost.com
Climate

Deadly floods in India point to a looming climate emergency in the Himalayas

A massive surge of rock, debris, and icy water killed more than 50 people in Uttarakhand this month. Nearly 150 others are still missing.
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Climate

Earthquakes and climate change threaten California dams

While earthquakes still loom as the greatest threat to California's massive collection of dams, experts warn that these aging structures will be challenged further by a new and emerging hazard: "whiplashing shifts" in extreme weather due to climate change.

www.nytimes.com
Justice

Before Himalayan flood, India ignored warnings of development risks

Long before a deadly flood hit two hydroelectric dams, scientists warned repeatedly that such projects were dangerous in a fragile region made more so by global warming.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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