Major chemical spill in West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is warning residents of possible water contamination after a leak at Freedom Industries in Charleston Thursday morning.
Likely the largest spill of its kind in Canadian history, the massive leak of coal slurry into the Athabasca River near Hinton has caused damage to habitat and poses a risk to certain fish species.
One billion liters of coal slurry (about 260 million gallons) leaked into fragile streams and habitat in Alberta, Canada. Meanwhile, Canadian government just announced plans to expand number of toxic slurry ponds for tar sands.
Interesting to read that the floods could cause invasive species to invade the Colorado river and its tributaries. Most birds, Audubon notes, are safe (they can fly away, duh), BUT, some species may have been trapped. Click to find out how.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is moving to create a registry of climate change vulnerability to better protect wildlife, ecosystems and dams.
The registry will collect and display information on climate change adaptation projects underway across the country, Laura Thompson, a biologist with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, told The Hill. It will pool from federal, state, local and tribal governments, she said.
It comes amid a second-term climate change push by President Obama. The president is leaning on federal agencies to address the issue, and part of his plan calls for greater collaboration with state and local governments.
The notice to gather information for the registry will be filed in Wednesday’s Federal Register.
The intent of the registry, Thompson said, is to improve planning as governments embark on climate change mitigation efforts to protect species, habitats and water infrastructure.
Read more: The Hill
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s environment ministry has given the go-ahead for the construction of what will become the country’s tallest hydroelectric dam despite acknowledging it will have an impact on plants and rare fish.
The dam, with a height of 314 meters (1,030 feet), will serve the Shuangjiangkou hydropower project on the Dadu River in southwestern Sichuan province.
To be built over 10 years by a subsidiary of state power firm Guodian Group, it is expected to cost 24.68 billion yuan ($4.02 billion) in investment.
The ministry, in a statement issued late on Tuesday, said an environmental impact assessment had acknowledged that the project would have a negative impact on rare fish and flora and affect protected local nature reserves.
Developers, it said, had pledged to take “counter-measures” to mitigate the effects.
China aims to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix to 15 percent by 2020, up from 9.4 percent in 2011. Hydropower is expected to make the biggest contribution.
It has vowed to speed up construction of dams in the 2011-2015 period after slowing it down following the completion of the controversial Three Gorges project in 2005.
Environmental groups silent. Dam will be 1,000 feet tall, about the same height as the Eiffel Tower.