Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Happy Thursday! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Co-creators are Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver (CLICK HERE to subscribe!). On Twitter, find us at @asimendinger and @alweaver22.The Alabama legislature lit a fuse on abortion Tuesday that could burn its way to the Supreme Court in the next few years. But first, the emotional debate is expected to energize 2020 contests for candidates running in both political parties.Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed the Alabama bill, which outlaws almost all abortions in the state, including in cases of incest and rape. The law was written to trigger court challenges, which abortion opponents hope will lead a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.Women’s rights activists and pro-choice advocates say the decision to approve the nation’s strictest abortion measure has … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate
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By STEPHEN ODUOR More by this Author Floods victims in Tana River will receive 1,500 bags of food aid starting next week, Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado has said.Speaking in Hola town, Mr Dado noted that the government has embarked on a floods assessment tour around the country so as to get a clear picture of the calamity."Many people have been affected all over the country and we are very concerned. That is why I have been sent down here to assess and report on the status for proper planning," he said.MOVE TO SAFETYMr Dado called on the residents who are still living on wetlands to move to higher grounds for safety."We do not want to have statistics of deaths in Tana River County. Therefore, let us move faster to higher grounds so that we can be easily helped," he said. Related Stories Death, destruction continue as rains pound country Advertisement Meanwhile, leaders have urged the government to give Tana River County equal attention as it is … [Read more...] about Dado: Food aid on the way for Tana River flood victims
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento man is on a mission to privately finance porta-potties along parts of the American River Parkway. The goal is to stop the homeless from using the river as their bathroom. Evan Edgar is serious about his idea, even if he has given it a silly name. “I put these on outhouses, themselves,” Edgar said. “Operation Brown Trout.” Edgar has printed up “Operation Brown Trout” flyers. An urban dictionary search will find it as the number one phrase, to describe number two. “When you’re biking you don’t want to see a brown trout on the trail,” Edgar said. “You don’t want to see a brown trout anywhere. You want it in the toilet.” Edgar’s operation “brown trout” is a call to clean up the E. coli contamination in the American River Parkway. Recent tests show parts of the river have seven times the safe threshold. READ: Man Sentenced To 118 Years In Prison For … [Read more...] about Privately-Financed Porta-Potties Pitched To Combat E. Coli In American River
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) said in a statement released on Monday that another reason could also be because of the presence of algae at the river bottom. The sections in Thailand's northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom and Laos' south-central town of Thakhek are now aquamarine, and the MRC said this could also be true of other parts of the river where low flows occur. The river flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and the region is experiencing one of its worst droughts ever. The MRC has done a preliminary analysis of the causes and potential impacts of the phenomenon. The fine sediments normally found in the fast flowing river and the great depth that give it its usual brownish color are conspicuously absent, making the water clearer. This means that, when sunlight hits the river, the water absorbs what is known as the "long-wavelength colors" at the red end of the light spectrum and makes the river look blue. This occurs only if the water level … [Read more...] about Mekong River turns aquamarine due to low flows
Hanoi authorities say the application of Nano-Bioreactor technology to treat To Lich River pollution hasn't brought satisfactory results, but the Japanese side has rejected the conclusion. The Hanoi City Delegation of National Assembly Deputies held a meeting with voters in Thanh Xuan district several days ago in which city leaders answered questions about the fate of To Lich, the 100-year old river which is dying because of pollution. Hanoi authorities say the application of Nano-Bioreactor technology to treat To Lich River pollution hasn't brought satisfactory results, but the Japanese side has rejected the conclusion. “The last choice is to build a sewage system that collects waste water along the river banks which will be sent to Yen Xa waste water plant for treatment,” Duc said. Kim Chi Hanoi to use Red River’s water to clean To Lich River An idea put forward 40 years ago has again been put into discussion: using water from the Red River to … [Read more...] about Can To Lich River be cleaned with Japanese technology?
Only a third of the world’s great rivers remain free flowing, due to the impact of dams that are drastically reducing the benefits healthy rivers provide people and nature, according to a global analysis. Billions of people rely on rivers for water, food and irrigation, but from the Danube to the Yangtze most large rivers are fragmented and degraded. Untouched rivers are largely confined to remote places such as the Arctic and Amazonia. The assessment, the first to tackle the subject on a worldwide level, examined 12m kilometres of rivers and found that just 90 of the 246 rivers more than 1,000km (621 miles) long flowed without interruption. The scientists, whose research, published in the journal Nature, was led by Günther Grill, at McGill University in Canada, were particularly concerned to discover that only a quarter of long rivers that once flowed freely to the sea, rather than to an inland lake or other river, still had such a course. Separate research in Britain, … [Read more...] about Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds