Aug 3, 2017

Lake Ontario floods due to weather, not water management

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Historic flooding in Lake Ontario, which has caused millions of dollars in damage in both the U.S. and Canada, probably couldn't have been avoided, reports Eos.org. For the last several months, residents have blamed the floods on a new water management plan ("Plan 2014") but a new graphic by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's due to extreme weather over the last several months.

Why it matters: Great Lakes floods and droughts could become more common in the future. "We went from record lows over a 100-year [period] to a record high in just 5 years," Andrew Gronewold, a hydrologist at NOAA, told Eos. Warmer air from climate change means water evaporates faster — but it also means there could be more rain.

Richard Rood, a climatologist, told Eos: "We are going to continue to see these episodes of large record-high precipitation. The world is probably going to be a little bit less steady going forward."

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.