A bill meant to speed up approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline passed the United States House of Representatives, Bloomberg News reported. Those opposed to the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, say it could harm the environment.
In this Guardian video, two University of Texas researchers discuss the findings of their study on the environmental safety of hydraulic fracturing, a method to extract underground natural gas deposits using large quantities of water.
An international agreement between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Ghana and Bangladesh plans to cut emissions of short-lived climate pollutants like methane, but ignores carbon dioxide, according to The Huffington Post.
The European Commission may remove carbon allowances later this month in order to increase carbon prices in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, which have been near record lows, EurActiv reported.
Communities in Pakistan are still struggling to overcome the effects of the floods that occurred six months ago, with 2.5 million people lacking clean water and adequate food, AlertNet reported.
Chinese officials acknowledged the gravity of the country’s water issues, saying that shortages and pollution threaten sustainable growth, according to Xinhua.
The drought in Texas killed 5.6 urban shade trees, according to the Texas Forest Service, Bloomberg News reported.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a reporter for Circle of Blue based out of Enterprise, Alabama. She studied journalism and biology as an undergraduate at West Virginia University and graduated summa cum laude from the university’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has done research at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her study on coastal dune plants is currently pending publication in the Bahamas Natural History Proceedings. Her interests include food security and ecology. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends.
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