B.C. auditor general warns province had 87 high-risk dams in 2020

British Columbia had 87 high-risk dams with “significant deficiencies" in 2020, according to an audit released on Tuesday that warned the provincial government was not doing enough to ensure dams were safe.

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After 24 years of water advisories, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation can drink from the tap

After more than two decades without clean drinking water, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is celebrating the opening of a water treatment facility and the end of water advisories for the community.
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Climate

Lobbyists scramble to shape key energy and climate provisions

The prospect of a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill has sparked a lobbying frenzy in Congress, as lawmakers zero in this week on a measure that could reshape the nation's energy system.

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Climate

Senate Democrats press ahead despite Manchin warning

Senate Democrats yesterday shrugged off criticism from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) about their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, instead signaling they are continuing to work on the bill's sweeping climate goals.
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What contaminants lurk in the UK's drinking water? An expert explains

Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK.

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Climate

Plan's goal is to tackle climate change and create jobs

President Biden will make a stop in Denver as he travels to three western states this week. While in Colorado, the president will talk about his Build Back Better agenda.

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Biden's proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

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Climate

Biden pushes for New Deal-style Civilian Climate Corps

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Grid experts grapple with 'resilience' in Ida's wake

The widespread destruction left by Hurricane Ida after the storm plowed into Louisiana and headed up the East Coast made one thing clear: There’s more work to be done in building a resilient power grid.
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When the climate crisis becomes unignorable

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Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

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Los Alamos lab working on hydrogen-powered truck project

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Climate change’s ‘fingerprint’ seen in Ida flooding

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Transportation design with resilience in mind goal of effort

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