The Global Rundown
The River Seine overflows its bank amid heavy rainfall, halting normal transportation in Paris, France. The end of a cold snap brings rains and flooding throughout the United Kingdom. The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cases litigating the Clean Water Act should be heard in federal district courts. Industry experts warn that drought could cut Zambia’s maize crop by 50 percent. Water levels in the U.S. Great Lakes are expected to rise for the fifth straight year. Piles of trash wash ashore in Lebanon, dirtying beaches and angering residents.
“We said it was not possible to keep dumping in the water. We knew we were going to get here.” –Paul Abi Rached, a Beirut environmentalist, in reference to the vast amounts of Lebanon’s waste being dumped into the Mediterranean. Since 2015, the government has failed to provide trash collection services in Beirut, causing the sea to become a dumping ground. Now, the waste is washing ashore onto beaches across the country. ABC News
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By The Numbers
50 percent Amount of 2018 maize output that Zambia could lose if the country’s drought continues, according to industry experts. Maize crop in many key production areas has already wilted. Reuters
90 millimeters (3.5 inches) Amount of rain that has fallen in Paris, France, so far in January, nearly twice as much as normal. The River Seine has overflowed in several places, upsetting transportation throughout the city. Other areas of France are also experiencing floods. Forbes
Science, Studies, And Reports
Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to rise for the fifth consecutive year, according to forecasts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lakes hit record-low levels in 2013, prompting a $21 million emergency dredging program for 58 harbors in Michigan. The Detroit News
On The Radar
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that cases litigating the Clean Water Act should be heard in federal district courts. The ruling came in opposition to the Trump administration, which argued that the cases should be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals because the rule related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) permitting authority. The Hill
Flood warnings have been issued across the United Kingdom as a recent cold snap gives way to heavy rain. The downpour, coupled with meltwater, has caused landslides, road damage, and flooding. The Guardian
Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter