The Obama administration is expected to announce a new Clean Water Rule later this week which will allow governmental regulation of smaller bodies of water than it currently can. The E.P.A. and Army Corps of Engineers first jointly proposed this rule known as Waters of the U.S., under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The E.P.A has held more than 400 public meetings with outside groups and read over one million public comments while finalizing the language. Despite strong support from environmentalists, the new rule already faces fierce opposition.
A new study from Dartmouth College suggests that the fate of the climate during the summer growing season in the U.S. Midwest remains uncertain as a potential consequence of climate change. The study was published in the journal Water Resources Research with collaboration from scientists at Columbia University, National University of Singapore, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The results are particularly alarming for the agricultural industry which is a critical component to the U.S. Economy and global food security.
Canada has announced new goals to greenhouse gas emissions to thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The announcement has received criticism for not addressing the oil sands in Alberta. The pledge comes just prior to a meeting between the Canadian provinces in June and a major climate change conference in Paris in December. The pledge was formally submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Friday.