February 13, 2018

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops and Climate Change

Heat waves can severely harm canola—used for vegetable oil—by leading to premature fruit development that destroys vast amounts of the crop, according to a new study. Scientists say a genetic discovery offers a potential path to protecting crops from heat waves.

February 12, 2018

Trump Applies Obama-Era Flood Aid Rules He Axed Six Months Ago

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring that any new structures in a floodplain be built well above projected flood levels as part of the $7.4 billion in disaster aid approved after Hurricane Harvey. It is basically the same Obama-era requirement Trump revoked six months ago.

Interior Says Even $160 Oil Won't Help Most Areas; Industry Differs

A new Interior Department report claims that even if oil prices rose to $160 per barrel, little or no oil is likely to be pumped off much of the U.S. coast, and only marginal drilling will occur. Oil and gas industry officials reject the agency's calculations, saying they underestimate the amount of oil and gas.

February 9, 2018

Scientists: Long-Buried Ice Age Forest Offers Climate Change Clues

By studying an ancient cypress forest on the ocean floor off Alabama, scientists are learning what happens during periods of climate change. They say the information about the ecosystems could be useful to states like Louisiana that are dealing with coastal land loss from sea level rise.

February 8, 2018

February 7, 2018

Senator Questions EPA on Stark Decline in Grant Awards

The top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is questioning why the Trump EPA has awarded so few grants when $4 billion had been allotted by Congress and why its grants reporting is months late. The administration has a political appointee reviewing grant decisions.

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