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Compare and Contrast: Hurricane Ida: divers find broken pipeline in search for source of Gulf oil spill
Divers searching for the source of an oil spill spotted in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida have identified a broken pipeline on the ocean floor as the possible cause. Talos Energy, the Houston-based company currently paying for the cleanup, said that the broken pipeline, which is around 30cm (1ft) in diameter, did not belong to them. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: River of life: zoo’s yearly count finds seals thriving on Thames
In the 1950s, the Thames was declared biologically dead, and the Guardian reported in 1959: “The tidal reaches of the Thames constitute a badly managed open sewer.” But now seals can enjoy a varied diet of more than 100 species of fish, including trout, plaice and flounder. Seals are territorial, and some of them have been here for five or six years. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Treasured U.S. West trout streams wither amid heat, drought
Red Deer Advocate
The North Platte River in southern Wyoming has been so low in places lately that a toddler could easily wade across and thick mats of olive-green algae grow in the lazy current. Just over two years ago, workers stacked sandbags to protect homes and fishing cabins from raging brown floodwaters, the highest on record. Click here to continue reading
Cycling 4 Water team rides through Strathmore
The Chestermere Anchor
The Cycling 4 Water team stopped in Strathmore as part of the Sea 2 Sea 2 Sea 65-day, 10,000-kilometre journey across Canada. The four cyclists are touring across Canada to raise funds and awareness for the Global Aid Network (GAiN), to provide clean drinking water from water wells in rural African villages. Click here to continue reading
Why the North Saskatchewan River has gone from brown to blue
The North Saskatchewan River looks less like chocolate milk than usual. The clear, aquamarine waters have revealed hidden sandbars, darting fish, submerged shopping carts — and a flood of questions from Edmontonians seeking clarity on the colour change. These new hues like Alberta's glacial lakes are thanks to dry, hot weather combined with maintenance at a major dam. Click here to continue reading
Photos: Flooded streets, highways, other damage and disruptions Ida caused in N.Y. and N.J.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida remained powerful while moving along the Eastern Seaboard in the U.S., dumping historic rain with at least 14 deaths linked to flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here, people make their way in rain on Wednesday in the Bronx borough of New York City. Click here to see the photo gallery
Compare and Contrast: Death toll rises in US north-east after sudden heavy rains and flooding
The death toll from floods and tornadoes in the US north-east was expected to rise above 50, across eight states in the region, as authorities continued to digest the full impact of the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Ida struck Louisiana last Sunday, knocking out power to the city of New Orleans and causing deaths in that state and Mississippi. Click here to continue reading
Rediscovering a River: The life-giving North Saskatchewan
Alberta Views Magazine
The Cree called it Kisiskâciwanisîpiy—the swiftly flowing river. For the Blackfoot, it was omaka-ty—the big river. It starts in the Columbia Icefield, at the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier, and cuts the province in half as it flows through Banff and Jasper national parks. It divides Alberta. It defines us. The North Saskatchewan River carries our stories. Click here to continue reading
Boil water advisory in Eckville
Sylvan Lake News
On Sept. 2, 2021 Alberta Health Services has issued another boil water advisory in Eckville because of an issue with the water system. All residents and businesses are advised to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before any consumption. Water used for bathing or washing clothes does not need to be boiled. Click here to continue reading
Producers hope forecast for dry fall is wrong
Just as parched soils in some of the worst drought-affected regions of the Canadian Prairies were getting some reprieve, along comes a disheartening forecast. AccuWeather predicts hot and dry conditions for September through November. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Could New York’s ‘black mayonnaise’ problem sink a new 82-block development?
In November, gigantic yellow excavators began scooping up the poisonous sludge colloquially known as “black mayonnaise” from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York – a momentous step in a prolonged cleanup effort, 10 years after the waterway’s designation as a Superfund site. Click here to continue reading