Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

'Sacred land'

North Dakota oil pipeline protesters stand their ground

The Guardian

The Guardian

The route of the planned $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline takes it close to the northern boundary of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the town of Cannon Ball within it, which means it would cross the Missouri immediately upstream, endangering, protesters say, the reservation’s drinking water and threatening sacred sites. At Standing Rock, they have put their bodies between the water and the oil.

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Republican River pact to bring more water to Kan.

Lawrence Journal-World

The state of Kansas announced last week that it has hammered out agreements with Colorado and Nebraska to make sure Kansas gets its fair share of water out of the Republican River basin, which they hope will put an end to nearly 20 years of litigation over those water rights.

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Study: Climate change has less impact on drought

Phys.org

A new study from UC Irvine and the University of Washington shows water conserved by plants under high CO2 conditions compensates for much of the effect of warmer temperatures, retaining more water on land than predicted in commonly used drought assessments.

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