Monthly Archives: January 2014

Amid Drought, California Agency Will Withhold Water Deliveries

Associated Press: Amid California’s most crippling drought of modern times, state officials announced on Friday that they would not allocate water to agencies that serve 25 million people and nearly a million acres of farmland. The announcement was the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water […] Read the original post by […]

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Keystone XL pipeline closer to reality after State Department review

Guardian: The Keystone XL, a mundane pipeline project that escalated into a bitter proxy war over climate change and North America’s energy future, moved one important step closer to reality on Friday. The State Department, in its final environmental review of the project, concluded that the pipeline, which would carry crude […] Read the original […]

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California agency will not deliver water to farmland afflicted by drought

Associated Press: Amid California’s most crippling drought of modern times, state officials on Friday announced they will not allocate water to agencies that serve 25 million people and nearly 1m acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the state water project that such an […] Read the original […]

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Approving Keystone XL could be biggest mistake of Obama’s presidency

Guardian: I have made my position on the Keystone XL pipeline quite clear. Approving this hotly debated pipeline would send America down the wrong path. The science tells us now is the time that we should be throwing everything we have into creating a clean 21st century energy economy, not […] Read the original post […]

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State Department Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement Keystone XL Pipeline

EcoWatch: The State Department today released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The controversial project would carry as much as 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The State Department’s Final Supplemental EIS […] Read the original […]

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State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

National Public Radio: The U.S. State Department made a much-anticipated announcement on the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. Its report finds that while the heavy crude oil that the pipeline will carry from Canada is dirtier than regular crude, stopping the pipeline won’t keep that crude in the ground. There […] Read the original post […]

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Western U.S. drought puts big strain on reservoirs

CBS News: Satellite photos show the Colorado River, which feeds Nevada’s Lake Mead, is drying up, meaning the lake is rapidly shrinking. The lake provides water for 20 million people in southern Nevada, southern California and Arizona — and it’s lost 4 trillion gallons of water since 2000. Ben Tracy […] Read the original post […]

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Record Brazil heat pressures crops, energy prices, government

Reuters: Even by Brazilian standards – man, it’s hot. January was the hottest month on record in parts of Brazil including its biggest city, São Paulo. The heat, plus a severe drought, has kindled fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills that could drag down the […] Read the original post by […]

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State Dept.: Keystone XL would have little impact on climate change

LA Times: A long-awaited environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline released Friday by the State Department found the project would have a negligible impact on climate change, bolstering the case for the controversial project as it heads to the White House for a decision on its construction. During […] Read the original post by […]

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Australia: Great Barrier Reef will be smothered with silt, because coal

Grist: Australia`s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – a supposedly protected natural area containing thousands of reefs, which together are visible from space and attract nearly $6 billion a year in tourism – is a pretty terrible place to dump loads of silt. But it`s happening: The federal agency that […] Read the original post […]

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