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Ice Fields Parkway, Alberta, Canada
KY and WV tapping into new hydroelectric power
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Along the Ohio River in Kentucky and West Virginia, 4 dams originally built for passage of large ships in the 1960s and 70s are being retrofitted for hydroelectricity production.
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Atlantic waves
COAST Act would help protect Houston from flooding
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
After floods hit the Houston area hard on April 17 and 18, forcing road and school closures and causing the death of eight people, Texas Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) recognized the need for better emergency preparedness in the region.
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U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - April 2016
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for April 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.

 

Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
Senate hopes to pass WRDA to support aging water infrastructure
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair and Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), introduced the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) today.
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Sun
Senate committee passes the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S. 2817) on April 27.
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U.S. Capitol
New bipartisan climate change caucus
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
The new House bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus held its first meeting this week.
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Earth
Sec. John Kerry signs landmark climate agreement on behalf of US
Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
The Paris Agreement, a multilateral agreement on the mitigation, adaptation, and financing of green house gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, was adopted during the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) held in Paris, France, in 2015.
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Natural gas pump
House committee debates BLM natural gas flaring rule
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing this week regarding the proposed rule issued in January 2016 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reduce natural gas, or methane, emissions via venting, flaring, and leaks on federal lands.
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Earth
Senate oversight hearing on USGS
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met on April 7 to conduct an oversight hearing on programs at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Capitol at night
House Energy and Water Appropriations bill passes out of committee
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The House Committee on Appropriations met on April 19 to markup the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which provides funding for the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies.
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