Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

Enviroment 05/29/19, 15:40

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway.Nessel revealed her timeline ...

Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

Science 05/24/19, 15:17

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with ...

Lake Tahoe’s famed water gets clearer after all-time low

Science 05/24/19, 13:43

The clarity of Lake Tahoe's cobalt blue water improved last year from its worst level in a half-century after weather and runoff returned to more normal conditions at the alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada line.A dinner plate-sized disc used to measure clarity was visible at an average depth of 70.9 ...

A rising Lake Erie closes streets, ferry, leaves debris

U.S. 05/14/19, 09:28

Floodwaters spilling over western Lake Erie's shoreline have swamped streets, shut down ferries and left behind dangerous debris during the past month. Now residents are bracing for more problems. All the Great Lakes have been rising for several years and now are seeing an increase from winter's melting snow and recent ...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 01:14

After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change.The rains have restored freshwater marshes of southern Iraq — a region ...

Cuomo: Crews fortify Lake Ontario shore as water levels rise

New York 05/01/19, 13:52

Crews will use sandbags and temporary dams to prepare for potential flooding along Lake Ontario, where rising waters caused extensive damage in 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the area Wednesday.The worst of the flooding from heavy rain and snow melt is predicted to begin ...

Drought hits Panama Canal shipping, highlights climate fears

World 04/29/19, 23:00

An intense drought related to this year's El Nino phenomenon has precipitously lowered the level of Panama's Gatun Lake, forcing the country's Canal Authority to impose draft limits this week on ships moving through the waterway's recently expanded locks.The restrictions on how deep the vessels can reach below the surface ...

New York braces for ‘worst-case’ flooding along Lake Ontario

New York 04/29/19, 19:01

New York state is preparing for a "worst-case scenario" as water levels rise along Lake Ontario where flooding caused extensive damage in 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.The Democrat was in Sodus Point in Wayne County to detail steps being taken to combat potential flooding.Flooding from heavy rain and snow ...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

U.S. 04/29/19, 13:27

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp.Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that he had authorized the state's ...

Cyprus slayings: Lake searched for bodies in suitcases

Europe 04/27/19, 07:43

Police in Cyprus are searching a man-made lake for suitcases in which an army officer, who confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls, said he stuffed the bodies of some of his victims.A police official told the Associated Press Saturday that remote-control cameras have located a suitcase in the ...

California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations

U.S. 04/25/19, 05:09

Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden evacuation.A new USA TODAY Network-California ...

Cyprus police searching for bodies in abandoned mineshaft

Europe 04/22/19, 06:14

Cypriot authorities on Monday were searching a flooded mineshaft where two dead female bodies were discovered as well as a nearby lake for further bodies.Police on the east Mediterranean island nation, along with the help of the fire service, were conducting the search in the wake of last week's discovery ...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Science 04/21/19, 10:32

A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife biologist Joe Barnes told the ...

Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation

U.S. 04/19/19, 16:58

An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday. Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire ...

Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Enviroment 04/17/19, 12:56

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.Whitmer told reporters she wanted as quickly as possible to shut down Enbridge's ...

Game of Thrones takes over Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas

Entertainment 03/31/19, 23:11

Winter came to Las Vegas.Fire-breathing dragons held court over the world-famous fountains at the Bellagio casino-resort Sunday, as familiar elements from the TV phenomenon "Game of Thrones" were projected on the rising water. The jets danced to a score incorporating the recognizable theme song before one of the colossal beasts ...

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

U.S. 03/21/19, 18:26

A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of ...

California city to shut car access to ‘super bloom’ area

U.S. 03/21/19, 17:24

A Southern California city overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom says it has a parking plan. Lake Elsinore police chief Michael Lujan said Thursday that weekend visitors will no longer be allowed to park on streets by a popular trail leading through patches of orange poppies. Rather, ...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK’d for dinner

Enviroment 03/19/19, 08:20

Fish in an Ohio river that became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in 1969 are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say.The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward ...

Tens of thousands converge on California ‘poppy apocalypse’

U.S. 03/18/19, 19:53

Like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz," the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. About 150,000 people over the weekend flocked to see this year's rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the city of about 60,000 residents, ...

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