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California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn

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Ice covering the ocean surface along lower Baffin Island, in the Hudson Strait and the Labrador Sea. Photograph: Kike Calvo/National Geographic Creative/Alamy Stock Photo

For thousands of years, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new scientific analysis suggests that that could change much sooner and much faster than thought possible.

Climatologists who have looked again at the possibility of major climate change in and around the Atlantic Ocean, a persistent puzzle to researchers, now say there is an almost 50% chance that a key area of the North Atlantic could cool suddenly and rapidly, within the space of a decade, before…

 

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control

California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country’s tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream.

Damage to both the regular spillway and its emergency counterpart at the Oroville Dam earlier this month brought issues with aging infrastructure into sharp relief in a state that relies on a complex system of dams and reservoirs to irrigate farms and provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people.

Brown, a Democrat, told reporters at a news conference that he would ask the state legislature to approve spending $387 million…

 

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