6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

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Australia’s Worst Floods in Decades Quicken Concerns About Climate Change

In a country that suffered the harshest wildfires in its recorded history just a year ago, the deluge has become another awful milestone.

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Beauty, Serenity, Stillness: An Ode to the Final Miles of the Mississippi River

Stark and minimalist in their beauty, the landscapes and communities in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish exist in a state of constant change.

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Catch a Fish in Paris. Post on Social Media. Release.

A new, younger generation of fishers is taking over the banks of the Seine, transforming a centuries-old tradition into an underground culture.

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New analysis: Extreme flows in US streams are rising

Flooding in Midland, Michigan in May 2020 after heavy rains caused the failure of two dams.

Enlarge / Flooding in Midland, Michigan in May 2020 after heavy rains caused the failure of two dams. (credit: NASA EO)

Climate change involves direct consequences on the cycling of water through our environment. The warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, making intense rainstorms dump even more water than they used to. On the flip side, warmer air can suck even more moisture out of the ground through evaporation, worsening droughts. These things should obviously result in changes for streams. But the amount of water in streams varies wildly under normal conditions, and it can also be affected by more than just weather. Finding trends in that data has proven difficult.

A new study led by Evan Dethier at Dartmouth College set out to group streams into physically meaningful categories, to see if consistent patterns emerge once apples are separated from oranges. That analysis does reveal some trends—both in extremes of high flow and low flow.

Going with the flow

Many efforts have found mixed trends between streams when analyzing records of peak annual flows, where records tend to go back farther than constant measurements. Attempts to look for regional patterns have largely relied on grouping by arbitrary boxes or political boundaries, which only have a limited connection to the landscape.

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New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

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Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

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Hawaii’s Fresh Water Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

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Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.

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That Person Floating Over the East River Is Riding a $12,000 Water Toy

A cross between a surfboard and a Jet Ski, the eFoil can go as fast as 25 miles per hour — but only for 90 minutes at a time.

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China Flooding Has Killed Hundreds and Tested Three Gorges Dam

Unusually heavy rains have wreaked havoc in central and southwestern China, leaving hundreds dead and disrupting the economy’s post-pandemic recovery.

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Vacation in the Summer of Covid-19

Traveling during a pandemic requires lots of research, precision planning and a willingness to play by new and very stringent rules. For these writers, it still felt good to get away.

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Japan Flooding Deaths Rise to 58, With More Rain on Horizon

Tens of thousands of troops, police officers and other rescue workers have worked their way through mud and debris in the hardest-hit riverside towns to evacuate residents.

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

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A Canal That Opened the Montana Prairie May Soon Dry Up

An early 20th-century federal water project irrigated the prairie to create farms and towns in eastern Montana. But it needs a $200 million overhaul.

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For This Tribe, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon

The Yakama Nation has been raising fish to release back into the Columbia River for more than a decade. Now, its hatchery is also producing caviar.

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When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: A Stroll Through the Centuries

From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan. Our critic walks with Eric W. Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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‘There’s No More Water’: Climate Change on a Drying Island

A delicate ecosystem was disrupted in the Comoros, off East Africa, when forests were cleared to make way for farmland. The consequences offer lessons for other parts of the developing world.

#agriculture-and-farming, #comoros, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #population, #rivers, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-environment-program, #water

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