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57 posts tagged with "Climate Change"

Bayou City Waterkeeper Advocates for Flood Planning “Rooted in Equity”

In Houston, residents already feel the climate crisis’ impact. The low-lying city faces threats of sea level rise, storms of increasing strength and frequency, and overuse of underground freshwater is causing the city to sink—a process known as subsidence. These impacts are disproportionately felt by communities of color, immigrants, and generally those with fewer means ...


Floods and Frustration: The New Normal in Kansas

NOTE: As of Friday, May 31st, officials warned of a potential evacuation for the town of Manhattan, Kansas, because of elevated levels at the Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Friends of the Kaw, lives on a small farm south of the Kansas River, which she said is currently a “mud ...


Hurricane Season: With No Changes on Industrial Farms, N.C.’s Not Ready

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin shot the photo below from a small plane over North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Look closely to the right of the truck, and you’ll see a pump from an industrial hog operation that’s piping raw hog waste into floodwaters following Hurricane Florence. It’s a visual example of how $15 ...


Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development

Water-sucking Project Threatens Endangered Species, Climate, Air Quality Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit says officials failed to protect several endangered species when they approved rights-of-way across public lands to provide utilities to the proposed oil shale development. The massive ...


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Tell Congress to invest in true green infrastructure

The floods that sloshed through the Midwest, Texas, and the Great Plains earlier this month were a reminder that climate change, urban sprawl, and wetland destruction have put huge swaths of the U.S. at risk. But even without a $2 trillion deal, there’s much that Congress can do to build infrastructure that’s truly green, infrastructure ...


Worsening High Tide Flooding Washes Pollution into Water Bodies

Reposted with permission from Miami Waterkeeper As sea levels rise, high-tide flooding has worsened in many coastal cities on the east coast like Miami. As these flood waters recede, they carry excess toxic pollutants and nutrients into rivers, bays, lakes, and coastal waters. According to NOAA, from the year 2000 to 2017, high tide flooding ...


Report: James Riverkeeper, Partners, Raise Concerns over Threats from Toxic Floodwaters to Vulnerable Communities

Climate change, Toxic Floodwaters (TFW), and communities of color—what do they all have to do with each other? For the James River Watershed: a dismaying intersection, covered in a recent report highlighting the risk of climate-induced Toxic Floodwaters on communities of color in Virginia. TFW refers to flooding caused by storms or climate-related events that ...


On Earth Day, Rep. Huffman Introduces Bill to Clean Up Postal Service Trucks

Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act of 2019, legislation to make the American transportation sector cleaner by transforming the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) federal fleet into a national leader in fuel efficiency and technological innovation. “Earth Day calls on us all to become better ...


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The Green New Deal: What Does it Mean for Water?

By Marc Yaggi and Gabrielle Segal With 2018 being the fourth-hottest year on record, and 18 of the 19 warmest years on record having occurred since 2001, there is no denying that we need bold action to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed. ...


Act Now to Stop Weakening of EPA’s “Methane Rule”

EPA succumbs to White House and fossil fuel industry pressure to put protection of our health and our planet on the chopping block Under pressure from the White House, on October 15, 2018, EPA granted the fossil fuel industry’s wish and published proposed revisions to standards that control methane emissions from oil and gas production. ...