The Stream, June 24: Power Out After Calgary Floods

Canada Floods
One of the worst floods in Calgary’s history has left portions of the city—including downtown—without power, and officials said some isolated pockets could be without electricity for weeks or even months, Reuters reported. Calgary is considered Canada’s “oil capital” because it hosts the headquarters of many major oil companies.

India Floods
Ongoing rains and floods have pushed the death toll to nearly 700 in northern India, where early monsoon rains triggered landslides and caught religious pilgrims and communities off-guard, AlertNet reported. The event has been dubbed by some as a “Himalayan Tsunami”.

India’s government released draft legislation Monday that would establish 12 river basin authorities to better manage floods, pollution and water disputes among states, The Hindu reported. An initial public comment period for the legislation will be open until July 31.

United States and Climate Change
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to offer a national plan on climate change Tuesday, including prevention, preparation and mitigation measures, the Guardian reported. The plan will likely include increasing renewable energy sources and creating a strategy for protecting coastal cities, according to the report.

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