Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Extreme weather

Deadly Louisiana flooding fuels climate change debate

Volunteers pitched in to help residents fill sand bags against flooding from the Vermilion River in Lafayette, La., on Monday. SCOTT CLAUSE

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New York Times & MinnPost

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like. That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 13 people and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years.

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Study examines water conservation in Florida

Science Daily

Apparently, it's more convenient to Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension report. Among the results, 68 percent saved water when brushing, but only 29 percent reduced watering their lawns in the summer.

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Calls for Texas Railroad Commission overhaul

Texas Tribune

Lawmakers on Monday considered a host of recommendations to reshape and rename the Texas Railroad Commission, a powerful agency that oversees a host of oil and gas activities but not railroads. Big changes have been called for at the agency, including beefing up its oversight of drilling, pipeline safety and abandoned wells.

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