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Crews fighting wildfires in B.C. aided by cooler and unseasonably low temperatures
Red Deer Advocate
The BC Wildfire Service says cooler and below seasonal average temperatures have helped crews fight the blazes. Crews are seeing between three and five fires start each day compared with about 40 in July. Most of the wildfires of note — including White Rock Lake and Lytton Creek — have not seen much growth. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Fukushima nuclear water to be released via undersea tunnel
Red Deer Advocate
The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Wednesday it plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water can be released into the ocean about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) away from the plant to avoid interference with local fishing. Click here to continue reading
Kneehill County council declares agricultural disaster
East Central Alberta Review
Kneehill County councillors declared an agricultural disaster after hearing a staff report describing worse than a one in 100 year drought in some parts of the municipality. The decision was made at the Aug. 17 regular meeting of council. Click here to continue reading
Reservoir replenished, outdoor watering ban lifted in Okotoks, Alta.
Okotoks, Alta. residents can resume their regular outdoor watering schedule after a ban was lifted Monday. A community-wide water ban was called last Monday due to low levels in the town's reservoir. A boil water advisory that had been put in place for several neighbourhoods on Monday was lifted on Friday. Click here to continue reading
These techniques are helping Prairie farmers grow crops despite drought
Although drought is a natural part of the climate cycle in the Prairies, climate researchers are warning that droughts will become more common and more intense. But farmers have many tools to deal with this threat. From water reservoirs to drought-resistant crops, farmers the world over are practising various adaptation measures to remain viable. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: The Southwest’s most important river is drying up
The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water to 40 million people. But as its supply dwindles, a crisis looms. Today, this river system supplies seven western states and Mexico, and irrigates more than 5 million acres of farmland on its way into Mexico and the Gulf of California. Click here to continue reading
Rainfall warning issued for Red Deer and central Alberta
Red Deer Advocate
Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning on Monday for Red Deer and central Alberta. Heavy rain will bring up to 70 mm for parts of western and central Alberta by Monday night. Generally, rainfall amounts between 40 and 50 mm are expected, but higher amounts of up to 70 mm are possible in areas impacted by thunderstorms. Click here to continue reading
Water quality advisory issued for Ebeling Beach on Gull Lake
Due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria currently present in the water of Ebeling Beach at Aspen Beach Provincial Park, AHS is advising the public not to swim or wade in Gull Lake at this location, effective immediately. Elevated levels of fecal bacteria were detected via testing of Ebeling Beach water, at this beach location. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Henri becomes a hurricane as it moves towards Northeast U.S.
Red Deer Advocate
The urgency of preparations for a monster storm hitting parts of the Northeast became a priority Saturday when Henri was promoted to a hurricane as the tropical system moved closer to landfall, expected to hit Long Island and Connecticut first. Click here to continue reading
Cooler temperatures offer slight relief for B.C. wildfire crews
Sylvan Lake News
Several evacuation orders have been downgraded as cooler temperatures and lighter winds offer a breather to wildfire crews in British Columbia. The BC Wildfire Service says there are 250 wildfires burning across the province, but seven evacuation orders have been lifted. The Kamloops region continues to see the majority of blazes, with the White Rock Lake fire continuing to burn out of control. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Millions in Syria, Iraq losing access to water, aid groups say
Millions of people in Syria and Iraq are at risk of losing access to water, electricity and food amid rising temperatures, record low water levels due to lack of rainfall and drought, international aid groups warned Monday. The two neighbouring countries, both battered by years of conflict and mismanagement, are in need of rapid action to combat severe water shortages, the groups said. Click here to continue reading