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Climate change leads three southern states to battle for water

October 21st, 2013

A dispute over water that has been brewing for more than two decades has reached a boiling point. Georgia, Alabama and Florida all have a stake in a river system that flows inside all three states.

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New web tool shows how climate change will worsen extreme heat, drought

August 4th, 2011

Climate change is expected to lead to worsening drought conditions and greater heat extremes, along with myriad health problems. And a new web tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council lets you see read just how badly your state could be impacted by climate change.

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August was the second hottest in three decades

September 9th, 2010

If last month found you with singed bare feet, and frying eggs on the backyard decking, you will find affirmation in today’s report that August 2010 was the second-hottest August, by a notch, in the last 32 years.
It fits right in with the rest of 2010, which was the second hottest on record since satellites have been used to track temperatures, according to the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where scientists track temperature trends and global warming.
Is this part of the new norm? It would seem so. Even with the El Nino warming trend fading, 2010 was a scorcher. Temperatures in August were very close to those in 1998, the record hottest year of the last three decades. Back then, an El Nino Pacific Ocean “event” also played a role in the hotter temperatures.

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Government gives BP a new directive on oil spill waste management

July 2nd, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill. The Coast Guard, along with the Environmental Protection Agency — in consultation with the states — said it will hold BP accountable for the implementation of the approved waste management plans and ensure that the directives are followed in the gulf coast states.

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Hands Across the Sands plans a public demo against oil drilling

June 25th, 2010

The message of Hands Across the Sands, its founder likes to say, is simple: Say ‘No’ to oil drilling and ‘Yes’ to clean energy.
To make that point crystal clear, thousands of Americans are expected to line up on beaches tomorrow (June 26) at 11 a.m. to join hands and show their solidarity on that point. The gatherings will last 15 minutes. Organizers will take a photo of the group, and then members will disband, leaving only their footprints behind.

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Bonnie Plants says it was a victim of tomato blight, not the culprit

July 28th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports:

Bonnie Plants, which recently removed more than $1 million in tomato plants from retail nurseries in the Northeast, reported in a statement this week that the move was preventative and aimed at curtailing the spread of Late Blight.

The recall should not be taken as an indication that its plants were responsible for the blight that is threatening tomatoes and potatoes in the region, the company said.

The first reports of tomato blight in the Northeast came in late June, yet even two weeks later on July 7 government inspectors had not detected any blight among plants being cultivated by any of Bonnie’s 61 growers, Bonnie reported.

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U.S. power plant carbon dioxide emissions dropped slightly in 2008

April 6th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

A softening economy and a milder-than-usual winter contributed to a decline in carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants in 2008, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project.

EIP officials noted that the decrease is a departure from the recent trends, with power plant carbon dioxide emissions having risen 0.9 percent since 2003, and 4.5 percent since 1998, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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