The Stream, February 27: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Case Against the EPA’s “Water Transfers Rule”

The Global Rundown

The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an attempt by states and environmental groups to overturn the EPA’s “water transfers rule.” Farmers in drought-stricken Malawi use a mixture of sugar and fish soup to fight pests. Cape Towns Department of Water and Sanitation attempts to access the last 10 percent of water in the Theewaterskloof Dam. Erratic weather brings record-high temperatures to the Arctic and snow throughout southern Europe. Deadly thunderstorms continue across the central and southern United States, bringing flooding and tornadoes.

“To look at what I’m looking at and know we didn’t lose anybody is just a miracle.” –Jim Durrett, Mayor of Montgomery County, Tennessee, in reference to a tornado that barrelled through the middle of the state on Saturday. A string of severe thunderstorms hit the central and southern U.S. over the weekend, causing flooding and killing at least five people. PBS NewsHour

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By The Numbers

700,000 Number of families in Malawi who are affected by this year’s dry spells. A combination of drought and infestation by fall armyworms has caused much of Malawi’s standing maize to wilt. Farmers are using a mixture of neem leaves, fish soup, and chemical pesticides to fight the armyworm attacks. Reuters

10 percent Proportion of water left in the Theewaterskloof Dam, part of the Western Cape Water Supply System. The water is currently considered unusable, but Cape Town’s Department of Water and Sanitation has begun drilling operations in an effort to access the water. News24

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Science, Studies, And Reports

Record-high temperatures around the North Pole are driving a blast of Arctic cold over Europe. The phenomenon of “warm Arctic, cold continent,” sometimes called “wacc-y” or “wacky,” takes place when the Arctic Ocean is ice-free. Climate scientists warn that this weather pattern could occur more often with human-made global warming. Reuters

On The Radar

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the EPA’s “water transfers rule,” which allows government agencies to transfer water between different water bodies without protecting against pollution. A coalition of environmental groups and U.S. states brought the case before the Supreme Court. The Hill