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In the 05/22/2020 edition:

In Michigan, Dams Plus Climate Change Equals a Disastrous Mix

Safety officers say dams should be built to take account of the increasingly intense and frequent storms linked to global warming.

The flooding disaster in Michigan this week emphasized, in stark reality, the warnings by scientists that climate change is causing heavier and more frequent rainstorms in many parts of the country, including the upper Midwest. 

Old dams are at risk of failing under the pressure of torrential rains. And in the hours leading up to Tuesday's failure of two dams about 150 miles northwest of Detroit, about eight inches of rain fell in the watersheds that drain into the Tittabawassee River.

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New York’s Use of Landmark Climate Law Could Resound in Other States

Experts say they think a decision by regulators marks the first time that a law setting emissions targets has been used to block a natural gas pipeline.

A recent decision out of New York is turning heads in the legal community over what law professors and environmental activists say is a turning point for the state's energy economy, with potentially broader implications nationwide.

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