Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Senate guts fish plan

Wash. governor proposed attacking source of pollution

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Flickr/GovInslee.com

Investigate West

With the feds pressing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to better protect consumers from toxic chemicals in fish, a Senate committee gutted a potentially pivotal bill to allow the state to set up a new toxic-cleanup program. Inslee now opposes the legislation, saying it would leave him without tools he needs to head off federal intervention in Washington’s water-pollution-control system.

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Columbia River ranks No. 2 on endangered list

The Oregonian

Ongoing discussions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty have earned the river the title of the nation's second-most endangered on American Rivers' 10 most endangered list. The treaty, which dictates how Canada and the United States can use the Columbia River, is under consideration for an update.

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Western Canada to lose 70% of glaciers by 2100

AFP

The glaciers of western Canada are likely to largely melt away over just three generations, scientists have warned. By 2100, the glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia are set to shrink by 70% in volume, according to their predictions. The loss will hit many sectors, from agriculture to water quality, the investigators warned.

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