As temperatures increase, glaciers like the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska near Juneau are experiencing torrents of flooding that threaten homes downstream. [New York Times]
The idea that glaciers change at a glacial speed is increasingly false. They are melting and retreating rapidly all over the world. But the unpredictable flood surges at the Mendenhall Glacier, about 14 miles from downtown Juneau, Alaska’s capital, are turning a jog into a sprint as global temperatures and climate variability increase.
Starting in July 2011, and each year since, sudden torrents of water shooting out from beneath the glacier have become a new facet of Juneau’s brief, shimmering high summer season. In that first, and so far biggest, measured flood burst, an estimated 10 billion gallons gushed out in three days, threatening homes and property along the Mendenhall River that winds through part of the city. There have been at least two smaller bursts this year.
“That first one caught us by surprise,” said Tom Mattice, the emergency programs manager and avalanche forecaster for the City and Borough of Juneau.
The new House GOP’s proposed budget would cut one out of every three dollars in the EPA’s budget, and prevent it from regulating carbon pollution. [AP]
The train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec caused around 1.5 million gallons of oil to spill into the town and surrounding lakes and streams. [Montreal Gazette]
A draft EPA report suggests that oil and gas disposal wells used for wastewater that “induce seismicity” should maybe stop if they’re really causing earthquakes. [E&E News]
New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: “We have a clear responsibility to act now on climate change. That’s what President Obama has called on us and the American people [to do], so that we protect future generations. And he recently said the question now is whether we have the courage to act before it’s too late. This agency has the courage to act. We can make it happen.” [EPA Connect]
The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. is now $3.68, or 5 cents more than a week ago. [ABC News]
Climate change is threatening Bangladesh’s Millennium Development Goals two years before the goals’ 2015 deadline. [Reuters]
Northeast Brazil is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, with some areas not receiving rain for more than a year. [Al Jazeera]
The slowdown in overall temperature increases over the past five years is likely due to warming of the deep oceans, which are some of Earth’s largest absorbers of heat. [Guardian]
The Department of the Interior announced a second offshore wind lease sale off the coast of Virginia for an installation that would generate 2,000 megawatts. [The Hill]
A new report claims Britain could be carbon-free as early as 2030 if a series of steps, including ramping up renewable energy and eating less meat, are taken. [TreeHugger]
Now that Australia has switched from a carbon tax to a cap-and-trade system a few years early, a look at the drive toward 100 percent renewable energy. [The Conversation]
The PAC operated by Koch Industries spent more in June than it has ever spent during a month in a non-election year: $262,000. [CPI]
U.S. company turns sewage into biofuel using algae on a rooftop in France. [CleanTechnica]
Western Australia will build a 40 megawatt tidal power plant that could power between 10,000-15,000 homes. [RenewEconomy]