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NASA: Sea Level Rise Likely To Get Much Worse 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and “it’s very likely to get worse in the future,” Nerem said. The changes are not uniform. Some areas showed sea levels rising more than 9 inches (25 cm) and other regions, such as along the U.S. West Coast, actually falling, according to an analysis of 23 years of satellite data. Scientists believe ocean currents and natural cycles are temporarily offsetting a sea level rise in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast could see a significant hike in sea levels in the next 20 years. “People need to understand that the ...
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Global Sea Levels Climbed 3 Inches Since 1992, Research Shows 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. The new research shows that sea level rise most likely will be at the high end of that range, said University of Colorado geophysicist Steve Nerem. Sea levels are rising faster than they did 50 years ago and “it’s very likely to get worse in the future,” Nerem said. The changes are not uniform. Some areas showed sea levels rising more than 9 inches (25 cm) and other regions, such as along the U.S. West Coast, actually falling, according to an analysis of 23 years of satellite data. Scientists believe ocean currents and natural cycles are temporarily offsetting a sea level rise in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast could see a significant hike in sea levels in the next 20 years. “People need to understand that the ...
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There are issues with Minnesota's abandoned mines; the possibility of a toxic spill isn't one of them 26.8.2015 MinnPost
Federal environmental officials knew they were dealing in dangerous territory. The abandoned Gold King mine in Colorado had spent much of the 20th century filling up with melted snow and rainwater that, combined with the mine’s tailings, had turned into an acidic toxic stew. Over the years, various officials in the region tried to clean up Gold King. Most recently, it was the Environmental Protection Agency. On Aug. 5, while investigating a leak from the mine, a team contracted by the agency inadvertently shook loose debris that had been acting as a dam holding back the pollutants. Mustard yellow toxins poured into the Animas River. The incident brought into question the future, and potential danger, of thousands of abandoned mines across the nation, including those in Minnesota, a state with a long history with mining. The North Star state is home to more than 100 abandoned mines dotting the Iron Range, and some are still being monitored by state officials as potentially harmful to the ...
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DaVita to buy dialysis care company for $415 million 24.8.2015 Denver Post: Business
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. said Monday that it would acquire privately held dialysis care company Renal Ventures ...
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Western wildfires: Growing flames charge across dry states 22.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Wildfires picked up their destructive pace across the drought-choked West on Friday, leading residents to flee their homes and authorities to scramble for resources to beat back the flames. Blazes in Washington state that killed three firefighters and injured four others have exploded in size, while other fires charged toward populated areas in several states […]
Western wildfires: Growing flames charge across dry states 21.8.2015 Yahoo: US National

A fire truck drives near large flames on a hillside along Twisp River Road in Twisp, Wash. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Wildfires picked up their destructive pace across the drought-choked West on Friday, leading residents to flee their homes and authorities to scramble for resources to beat back the flames.


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Local Briefs 19.8.2015 Durango Herald
County’s Farm Bureau to host Greg WalcherLa Plata County Farm Bureau will host Greg Walcher, who will speak at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lewis College. Raised in Western Colorado, Walcher has spent a lifetime working to conserve the environment, while providing the resources needed to sustain a prosperous economy...
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Soldiers from National Guard, JBLM to help fight wildfires 18.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
With 23 fires burning in Washington and dozens more in neighboring states, costs are soaring and crews are spread thin.
Carpenter Ranch on Yampa River among five in Colorado to take on water rights transfer pilot 18.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The latest version of Colorado’s statewide water plan calls for action on numerous fronts including getting the most out of the water available here by allowing more flexibility for rights holders to profit from the temporary transfer of their water. Colorado’s 2015 Water Plan isn’t due on Governor Hickenlooper’s desk until December, but water officials in the Rockies and the desert Southwest are already moving on a pilot transfer of water rights program to determine how effective they can be in refilling drought-starved reservoirs like Lake Powell. And a short stretch of the Yampa River east of Hayden is the first test program to be announced. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on the second draft of the Colorado Water Plan by Sept. 17. The final draft of the plan is due on Governor Hickenlooper’s desk Dec. 10. Learn more about the plan and weigh in on the elements dealing with conservation, improving the efficiency of the water project permitting process and ...
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New Mexico, Utah drop water restrictions after Colorado mine spill 16.8.2015 Denver Post: Local
FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico officials on Saturday night dropped San Juan County's restrictions on using the Animas and San Juan rivers for drinking water following a ban after a ...
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Local Briefs 16.8.2015 Durango Herald
Farm Bureau to host author SaturdayLa Plata County Farm Bureau will host Greg Walcher, who will speak at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lewis College. Raised in western Colorado, Walcher has spent a lifetime working to conserve the environment. He used to be head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and now works in...
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Utah urges caution over toxic-spill river 13.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Outdoor enthusiasts in Utah were urged Wednesday to use caution along a river tainted by a toxic waste spill at an abandoned gold mine in Colorado a week ago. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said the health effects of the orange-tinted spill that has entered the San Juan River remain unknown. The dramatic plume, dozens of miles (kilometers) long, made its way downriver to New Mexico, where the Animas enters the San Juan, a tributary of the Colorado ...
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States downstream from contaminated river upset that EPA didn't alert them 12.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
As the Environmental Protection Agency continued to monitor 3 million gallons of mine waste released into Colorado's Animas River, residents in two states downstream decried the federal agency Tuesday, saying it failed to alert them to mustard-colored sludge headed their ...
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States downstream from contaminated river upset that EPA didn't alert them 12.8.2015 LA Times: Nation
As the Environmental Protection Agency continued to monitor 3 million gallons of mine waste released into Colorado's Animas River, residents in two states downstream decried the federal agency Tuesday, saying it failed to alert them to mustard-colored sludge headed their way.
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Contaminated water from Colorado river not expected to affect California 12.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Animas River contamination data in New Mexico shows acidity did not spike after spill 12.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Environmental officials in New Mexico said Tuesday tests from before and after a plume of mine wastewater surged into their state from Colorado show water acidity levels did not drastically ...
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Officials downstream from Colorado mine spill demand answers 11.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply. Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste […]
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Officials downstream from Colorado mine spill demand answers 11.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water ...
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River goes from blue to mustard with spill triple initial estimate 11.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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New Mexico officials offer to test well water in Animas River spill's wake 10.8.2015 Denver Post: Local
New Mexico environmental officials are offering to test private domestic wells in the wake of a three-million gallon spill last week in southwest Colorado of mine wastewater into the ...
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