Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

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Study shows how climate change threatens Gulf Coast


University of Washington

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina lashed New Orleans, a new study warns that future public health impacts of climate change in Gulf Coast states may be especially severe. The Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness study says the region is expected to experience extreme temperatures, sea level rise, and possibly more intense hurricanes. Researchers stressed the importance of investments in programs to address health threats.


Texas farmers brace for EPA's new water rule

Texas Tribune

Many Texas livestock and agriculture organizations said they haven’t been able to give members clear guidance on how to prepare for EPA's new Waters of the U.S. rule because they don't fully understand how strictly it will be enforced, or if it will be upheld in court. Concern is high in Texas, where most land is privately owned and the state leads the nation in the number of farms and ranches.


Florida Amendment 1 funding fight goes to court

Florida Today

Four conservation groups asked a court to force the Florida Legislature to transfer $237 million back to an environmental land-buying fund. The groups had initially hoped the court would better define what the Legislature can and can’t do regarding Amendment 1. The amendment allocates a third of the state tax on real estate documents to conservation.

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