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Last week, federal officials warned the seven states that rely on the Colorado River that they could see drastic cuts to water allocations as dryness and heat continue in the West. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner, Camille Touton, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that hot temperatures and dry soils have made runoff occur earlier and less predictably—and that two- to four-million acre-feet would need to be cut from water budgets. She said her agency is seeing challenges unlike it has ever seen in its history.
PFAS compounds are known as “forever” chemicals because they don't break down in the environment. They have been used in firefighting foams, cosmetics, nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, and food packaging. Now, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, they’re viewed as far more dangerous to humans than regulators previously thought—a determination that could have far-reaching implications for water suppliers.
Elephant seals that live along the California coast like to dine on bottom-dwelling fish and squid. But unlike whales, the seals don’t have echolocation or biosonar to track their prey in the dark depths of the ocean where sunlight can’t penetrate, so how do they find their next meal? A new study says it’s all about the whiskers.
A war you’ve likely never heard of has come to an end. A decades-long dispute over a rock called Hans Island that sits in the Kennedy Channel of the Nares Strait between Greenland and Canada, was finally resolved without a single shot—unless you count whisky.