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Wyoming court issues injunction against fracking rules for public lands

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Reuters: A Wyoming judge on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, handing a victory to oil and gas producers who had vehemently opposed the rules. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl had put the regulations on hold in June as he weighed a request from energy industry groups and four states to stop the rules from being implemented until their lawsuit against the new standards was resolved. The rules issued by the Interior…
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Native leaders divided on oil-sands pipelines

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Globe and Mail: Two groups of First Nations have issued duelling statements on where aboriginal people stand on oil-sands pipelines, highlighting opposing native viewpoints toward the energy industry. Aboriginal leaders from Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba said on Wednesday that they are keen to form a national alliance to oppose pipelines from northern Alberta’s oil sands. The visiting delegation met in Vancouver with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs to press the case for fighting proposals, such as TransCanada Corp.’s…
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Can the Endangered Species Act help Joshua trees?

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Quick quiz: What do Joshua trees and polar bears have in common? The answer: They’re both threatened by climate change. And at least one environmental group thinks both should receive federal protection as rising temperatures make their habitats increasingly uninhabitable.

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The Stream, October 1: India Sees Consecutive Years of Drought For First Time In Three Decades

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Below-normal monsoon rains this summer left India in a drought for the second year in a row. Zambia’s former vice president blamed poor water management for the country’s hydropower troubles. A new report from an international medical organization detailed the high costs of chemicals in the environment. Forecasters warned that heavy rains along the East Coast of the United States could compound flooding problems if a nearby hurricane hits. And a new type of porous concrete could help cities absorb more stormwater.

“What we have now is a weak regulator sitting between two puppies drinking milk from the same saucer.”–Guy Scott, former vice president and current member of parliament in Zambia, on what he sees as poor management of water resources in the Lake Kariba reservoir, where declining water levels are forcing the country to cut hydropower output. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

14 percent Monsoon rain deficit in India from June through September, marking the first consecutive drought in the country in three decades. Reuters

3,997 liters Amount of water, per minute, that can be absorbed by a new type of porous concrete. The material could be used to improve stormwater management. Climate Progress


Science, Studies, And Reports

Environmental toxins in air, food, water, and soil contributed to childhood diseases that cost more than $US 76 billion in the United States in 2008, according to a new report outlining the risks posed by chemicals released into the environment. The report, released by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, also noted that chemical manufacturing is expected to grow fastest in developing countries. Reuters

On the Radar

On The Radar

Heavy rains have saturated the East Coast of the United States just as Hurricane Joaquin is poised — maybe — to strike from the Atlantic. Pressure systems across North America could also contribute to high surf along the coast. Bloomberg

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