If White Bear Lake dries up, don’t blame the lawn sprinklers. That’s the message from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which released new research Wednesday showing why the level of the lake fluctuates. Officials said that a court-ordered ban on outdoor residential watering within five miles of the lake would have a negligible effect on the lake. Instead, it’s the year-round water use by cities that makes a big difference — dropping the lake level as much as 3 feet in dry weather. Those fluctuations are part of the normal cycles of the lake and do not affect the long-term availability of groundwater in the area, the research found. “This gives us some relief,” said White Bear Lake city manager Ellen Hiniker, who had been facing the possibility of imposing the unpopular watering ban. White Bear Lake and 10 other affected cities appealed the ban, which would affect a population of 500,000 living within five miles of the lake. Two groups … [Read more...] about DNR says watering ban not needed to sustain White Bear Lake
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By James Osborne Published 8:03 am CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018 COLORADO CITY, TX - JANUARY 21: Wind turbines are viewed at a wind farm on January 21, 2016 in Colorado City, Texas. Wind power accounted for 8.3 percent of the electricity generated in Texas during 2013. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a sustained downturn in oil prices. Oil, which has now fallen to under $30 a barrel, has forced many oil companies to let go of workers and to abandon future projects. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) less COLORADO CITY, TX - JANUARY 21: Wind turbines are viewed at a wind farm on January 21, 2016 in Colorado City, Texas. Wind power accounted for 8.3 percent of the electricity generated in Texas during 2013. ... more Photo: Spencer Platt, Staff / Getty Images COLORADO CITY, … [Read more...] about Solar, wind account for 20 percent of power load in 10 states
By Kurtis Alexander Published 2:51 pm PDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 A group of tourists make their way up the steps of Grace Cathedral where an Earth banner is seen surrounding the main facade ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, September 12, 2018. less A group of tourists make their way up the steps of Grace Cathedral where an Earth banner is seen surrounding the main facade ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, ... more Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A group of tourists make their way up the steps of Grace Cathedral where an Earth banner is seen surrounding the main facade ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, … [Read more...] about S.F. mayor urges global leaders to join city climate change fight
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Land subsidence caused by excessive groundwater extraction and rapid urbanisation is worsening flooding in HCM City. Experts have warned of subsidence problems for years, citing Jakarta, Indonesia, which is sinking at the fastest rate of any city in the world, around 2.5 metres over the last 10 years. HCM City will face the same problem as Jakarta if it does not take action as soon as possible, they have said. Lê Văn Trung, vice chairman of the HCM City Association of Geodesy, said land in the city had been sinking for decades, affecting the local economy and people’s livelihoods. A report from the HCM City University of Technology said that complete or partial subsidence over the last 20 years had occurred in the city. Land subsidence of 5-10mm has occurred in Bình Chánh, Bình Tân, Thủ Đức and Nhà Bè districts and districts 2, 7, 8 and 12. Meanwhile, sea levels have risen by 3mm … [Read more...] about HCM City tackles land subsidence
President Donald Trump lamented the number of assaults on police officers at a ceremony honoring fallen officers on Capitol Hill."In 2016, an officer was assaulted in America on an average of every 10 minutes, can you believe that?" Trump said on Tuesday. "It's outrageous, and it’s unacceptable. We must end the attacks on our police, and we must end them right now. We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. Bring it forth."Is that true?Trump’s numbers are based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But factoring in the growing population of Americans and police shows the rate isn’t as constant as Trump made it sound.The FBI reported that 57,180 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults in 2016.With 525,600 minutes in a year, that breaks down to an assault every 9.19 minutes. Adjusting for the 10 percent of agencies that didn’t report any data, that’s an officer assaulted every 10.3 minutes.Some of the actions … [Read more...] about PolitiFact fact-check: Is a police officer assaulted every 10 minutes in the United States, as Donald Trump said?