Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Standing down

Md. gives W.Va. full rights to Potomac River water


Wall Street Journal

Maryland has agreed to give neighboring West Virginia unchecked access to water from the Potomac River, ending a flare up that briefly entangled consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey had threatened to sue Maryland if the state refused to give it full rights to draw from the river, a portion of which defines the border between the two states. Morrisey argued that his state needs the water to support a $500 million manufacturing plant for P&G.


Action urged for sea-level rise on N.H. coast

Seacoast Online

A bipartisan legislative commission is urging coastal communities to act now to improve protection against flooding and storm surges in preparation for projected sea level rise. A new report urges municipalities to adjust zoning ordinances to prevent new structures from being dangerously vulnerable to storms and high tides, as well as improve infrastructure to better protect against those threats.


Genes: Early-warning system for algae blooms

Science Daily

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have sequenced the genes of a harmful algae bloom, unveiling never-before-seen interactions between algae and bacteria that are thought to propagate their growth. The work also opens up the possibility of forecasting the appearance of a bloom and taking measures to prevent it, which could save billions of dollars in economic losses worldwide.

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