U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Army halts Fluor work in Puerto Rico

Due to safety concerns, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporarily halted Fluor's (NYSE:FLR) work under its Puerto Rico power restoration contract, …

Business

Real Puerto Rico Fiasco Starts After Recovery

The electrical grid is being rebuilt. That won't repair the island's fiscal health, jobs picture, schools, hospitals or government.<p>Hurricanes are expensive.<p>On Friday, the White House asked Congress, which has already approved $52 billion in hurricane aid, for another $44 billion in disaster relief …

Caribbean

Nebraska Regulators Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska officials approved the Keystone XL pipeline, removing its last major regulatory hurdle, though the future of the long-delayed project remains far from certain.<p>The Nebraska Public Service Commission in a 3-2 vote approved Keystone XL’s route through the state, which would extend and expand …

News (U.S.)

Puerto Rico's misery: Thousands without homes, power 2 months after storms

Most of island's 3.5 million people still living in darkness<p>In the capital of San Juan, the sound slices through the smothering nighttime darkness, …

Caribbean

Federal agency reviews North Dakota flood protection plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a diversion channel tying into a levee with a recreation trail is the most cost effective plan for flood …

Business

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodegas. When night falls, it’s the glow of car lights, not streetlights, that helps break through …

News

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States …

News

9 of the most extreme endurance challenges in the world

Marathons, triathlons, and adventure races are extreme tests that force participants to push themselves in new ways physically and mentally.<p>But the most extreme endurance races in the world take that to another level.<p>These competitions test the absolute limits of the human body and mind.<p>In some …

Science

When Jacksonville floods, the rich don’t worry; the poor fight to get through

Bastiaan Slabbers/Zuma<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> CityLab <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk <i>collaboration</i>.<p>Jacksonville’s …

Liberal View

Can cities get smarter about extreme weather? - Salon.com

Remember the movie “Moneyball”? The Oakland A’s are struggling, financially and on the baseball field. Then they introduce an innovative system for figuring out which players will improve team performance. Moving away from observations by scouts, the A’s begin to use advanced statistics to value …

Liberal View

Anchorage port gets new name, but problems remain

The Port of Anchorage is no more.<p>No, it did not slough off into Cook Inlet overnight, though parts of it have.<p>Rather, the Anchorage Assembly changed …

Business

Hyundai, other Alabama employers compete for skilled workers

Some of Alabama's top job providers have been working to find more people trained in industrial maintenance.<p>The Montgomery Advertiser reports that …

Business

How Archaeologists Are Rescuing Miami's History From the Rising Sea

A few more feet of water would flood 16,000 archaeological sites across Florida.<p>MIAMI—When Hurricane Irma sprinted toward Miami-Dade County, Jeff Ransom couldn’t sleep. He wasn’t just worried about gusts shattering windows, or sheets of rain drowning the highway—that’s far from unusual near his …

Archaeology

Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.<p>Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, …

News (U.S.)

Has Samantha Bee Figured Out How to Persuade Skeptics That Climate Change Is Real?

"Many of Trump's supporters doubt climate science... even those who are feeling its effects in their own backyards," Samantha Bee said on her show, …

Liberal View

San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Water District Improve Flood Protections in Time for Winter

When Coyote Creek flooded thousands of people out of house and home earlier this year, local officials were slammed for failing to prepare for or …

Water

Puerto Rico Could Use Some More Big Government

Army engineers are working hard at hurricane cleanup. But citizens are disillusioned with Washington and San Juan.<p>You can’t blame Ana Rodriguez for feeling bitter.<p>In her hillside home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, a mountain town south of San Juan, she relies on a generator and doesn’t think she’ll have …

Business

50 years ago, Red River Gorge almost became a lake. The story of a hike that saved it.

It is hard to imagine now, but the Red River Gorge, a natural and archaeological wonder that has become one of the region’s most popular hiking and …

Lexington

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else

“Next contestant, come on down.” On Oct. 6, in a bright courtroom in downtown Houston, Susan Braden, chief justice of the U.S. Court of Federal …

Business

New Study: Larger, More Intense U.S. Storm Complexes on the Way by Bob Henson | Category 6

<i>Bob Henson</i> · November 19, 2017, 11:19 AM EST<p><b>Figure 1.</b> A summary of future changes in MCSs, based on identifying all areas of precipitation rates …

Climate Change

Pulse: Project News for the Week of November 20, 2017

<b>Planning</b><p><b>Minnesota</b> Gustavus Adolphus College is planning to <b>renovate and expand the Nobel Hall of Science</b>. The project will double the size of the …

Engineering

Success in Unlikely Places

When Debbi LoCicero ’80 graduated from UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning, the U.S. was in the middle of a recession, with unemployment at …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

$1.6B Canada-New England hydropower project wins key permit

CONCORD, N.H. – The U.S. Department of Energy has granted a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to energy markets in southern New England.<p>The awarding of a presidential permit Thursday would let the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project take hydropower across …

Business

Oceanside beach erosion study loses federal funding

A three-year study of possible solutions to Oceanside beach erosion has stalled after federal funding dried up and now the city is being asked to …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Blackout hits Puerto Rico as power company reached goal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A major blackout hit Puerto Rico's most populated region on Wednesday just as the government announced it had met its goal of 50 percent power generation nearly two months after Hurricane Maria struck as a Category 4 storm.<p>The Electric Power Authority said it dispatched …

Puerto Rico

The Documents Behind Trump’s Texas Border Wall Plans

The records give the most in-depth picture to date of where and how the Trump administration plans to build the president’s “big, beautiful …

Texas

Puerto Rico Utility Admits Error as Senators Blast Price-Gouging

Puerto Rico’s utility acknowledged that it made some missteps in issuing contracts to help it rebuild its grid even as it defended its choice of two …

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

The dinos are coming (in another 18 months)! Natural History Museum returns first fossil to gallery

It’s not the biggest or the most popular, but the first dinosaur returned to the Fossil Hall in the National Museum of Natural History, marking a milestone in the five-year renovation project that is still 18 months from completion.<p>Exhibition project manager Siobhan Starrs practically leapt with …

Entertainment

Environmental group to sue SCE&G over old coal tar in river

An environmental group says it plans to sue a utility in South Carolina after the company changed course and said it could not remove coal tar from …

Business

How to Save a Sinking Island

DEAL ISLAND, Md. — Steps from the water’s edge, men stumble groggily into the glow of Arby’s General Store, indifferent to the shifting ground beneath them. Waves lap the shore this summer morning as the sea steadily advances on an island lurching toward extinction.<p>By 4:30 a.m., Arby Holland has …

Climate Change