The widespread flooding experienced in towns and cities in the County of Cumbria in North West England in late December is in large part due to the United Kingdom's adoption of European Union environmental regulation preventing the dredging, deepening and on occasion widening and building embankments along rivers according to critics of the policies. The BBC reported more than 16,000 houses were flooded during December storms across Northern England with more flooded in Scotland.
Historically Towns Dredged
Historically riverside cities and towns throughout England were responsible for reducing the frequency and severity of flood events through debris removal and dredging.
As reported by Phillip Walling in UK's Chronicle, Cumbrian rivers are notoriously quick to rise when heavy rain falls on the High Fells, an area with a large surface area of gravel filled, thin soils, as the rain rapidly runs off into adjacent streams and rivers. Recognizing this problem, city authorities and,...
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established its blend requirements for renewable fuels.
The EPA blend requirements were announced after much delay on the November 30 court-ordered deadline.
EPA set a goal for refiners to blend 18.11 billion gallons of biofuels into gasoline and diesel for 2016 and retroactively set the level at 16.93 billion gallons for 2015 and 16.28 billion gallons for 2014.
Under a waiver provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), EPA was...
At the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), held on December 17, I presented research conducted by myself, Evan Jones, John Nielsen-Gammon, and John R. Christy that analyzed the 30-year trend of temperatures for the continental United States since 1979.
We found the temperature trends measured by unbiased ground-based weather stations in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) were two-thirds as a high as NOAA’s...
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