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Colorado flood damage

Colorado Flood Losses Could Exceed $1 Billion

The unprecedented flooding ravaging Colorado is hurting businesses in myriad ways, from health risks and environmental damage associated with flooded oil fields to fewer tourists visiting the state. The Denver Post reports that thousands of oil wells and sites have been affected and some are still being overrun by rushing … Read more »

Intel Plants Recycle 60% of Water

Intel treats some 2 million gallons of industrial water a day at its plants in Chandler, Ariz., then returns the water to an underground aquifer, Bloomberg reports. The semiconductor maker, which is the city’s largest employer, recycles some 60 percent of its water. It’s also expanding the treatment facilities and … Read more »

Dry-farmed tomatoes

Dry Farming Grows in West; Alltech, Kentucky State Form Sustainable Agriculture Alliance

Drought conditions and hot summer months are pushing many California farmers toward dry farming — and producing more flavorful produce, NPR reports. Happy Boy Farms sales director Jen Lynne says chefs and wholesalers from around the US are increasingly placing orders for the company’s dry-farmed tomatoes, grown near Santa Cruz. … Read more »

FarmedHere Composting

Urban Vertical Farm Becomes Zero Organic Waste Facility

FarmedHere, a Chicagoland-based vertical farm, says it has become a zero organic waste facility by converting all of its organic waste into compost. The compost is then used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture at other urban farms across Chicago. The urban farming company — FarmedHere says it’s the largest vertical … Read more »

fracking

Fracking Companies Up Recycled Water Use

Halliburton, Baker Hughes and FTS International are among the oil and gas companies increasingly using recycled water in hydraulic fracturing. Most fracking to extract shale gas is happening in water-stressed regions of the US, such as Texas and Colorado, both of which are in the midst of prolonged drought conditions. … Read more »

Drought Pushes Dairy, Beef Prices Up

Dairy and beef prices could spike from the hotter-than-normal summer heat and worsening drought conditions. Beef prices hit an all-time high earlier this month because of the 2012 US drought, Bloomberg reports. AccuWeather.com says consumers could soon begin to see a rise in dairy costs after record-breaking high temperatures scorched … Read more »

Drought Risk Threatens Crops

Drought Risk Threatens Crops

The plains and the western US are still in the worst drought in more than 50 years, but this year’s corn, soybean and wheat harvest will be better than the summer of 2012, Reuters reports. A senior agricultural meteorologist for MDA Weather Services told a weather conference in Chicago the … Read more »

Water Scarcity a ‘Paramount Issue’ in 2013

The US water shortage is turning out to be even more pressing than the General Accounting Office predicted, according to urinal maker Waterless Co. In 2003, the GAO issued a report warning that by 2013 at least 36 states could face water shortages. But by 2008 at least 36 states … Read more »

Key Stretch of Mississippi Could Shut This Week

Low water levels could shut down commerce on the Mississippi River this week, disrupting shipments worth billions of dollars, according to media reports. American Waterways Operators, an industry trade group, forecasts that the river’s gauge at Thebes, Ill., will hit three feet around January 3 or 4, limiting vessel drafts … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Aviation, ‘Stop the War on Coal,’ Drought Aid, Energy Efficiency

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Saturday that would shield US airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights on the EU ETS. The House passed a similar measure, and could work out differences with the Senate’s version or accept the Senate bill when Congress returns for a post-election … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Scotts Miracle-Gro, Shell Drilling, Solyndra, APEC Summit

Pesticides producer Scotts Miracle-Gro was ordered to pay a $12.5 million in fines, penalties and project costs and perform community service violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Scotts will pay a $4 million fine for eleven criminal violations, and will pay over $6 million in penalties and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: 54.5 MPG, Carbon Tax Revenue, Solyndra Tax Breaks

The Obama Administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. The standards issued by the Department of Transportation and the EPA follow implementation of the administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2011-2016. … Read more »