Posts Tagged ‘Water’

05/22/2015

CA Farmers Giving Up Some Water Rights

A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.  A senior water official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he would decide whether. . .

05/14/2015

New Study Raises Alarm Over Antartica Ice

A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves was settled this week with the publication of an international study in the journal The Cryosphere.  The Larsen C Ice Shelf — whose neighbors Larsen A and B, collapsed in 1995 and 2002 — is. . .

05/01/2015

Oregon To Try Crafting Home Brews From Waste Water

An Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.  The point of the contest is not to find Portland’s next trendy craft beer. Rather, it’s an effort to get people talking about how a. . .

04/15/2015

SoCal To Cut Water Deliveries By 15%

California’s largest water wholesalers moved forward this past Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.  If approved by the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on. . .

04/13/2015

How To Help CA During Their Drought

A little known industry fact is that a lot of the bottle water we drink around the U.S. comes from California.  The best way to help that state from the outside is to stop drinking their bottled water.  Huffington Post put together a great visual on where bottle water comes. . .

04/08/2015

Oregon Declares Drought Emergency

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels.  Continuing drought has caused “natural and economic disaster conditions” in Oregon’s Crook, Harney and Klamath counties, heightening. . .

03/23/2015

Water Shortages Predicted By 2030

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.  Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the. . .

03/18/2015

CA Extends Drought Restrictions Into 4th Year

California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won’t give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.  The State Water Resources Control Board has extended and expanded restrictions on water use with California entering its fourth year of drought as winter ends without significant. . .

02/04/2015

California Can’t Break Drought

California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said.  A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental. . .

01/21/2015

Dunes Found To Be Best Defense Against Hurricanes

A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey’s efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast.  The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state’s beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It. . .

01/16/2015

Sea Levels Rising Faster Than Expected

The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, according to a new Harvard study. The study, co-authored by Carling Hay, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), and Eric Morrow,. . .

01/07/2015

Boxed Water?

Bottled water is fairly ubiquitous.  Every bodega, every convenience store, almost every food retailer sells it.  We pay anywhere from .49 to $7.00 for a plastic or glass bottle of water.   True conservationists will drink water from a tap and carry their own stainless or glass bottle to keep them. . .

12/24/2014

Food Production Needs To Be Better Managed

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters stated that global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050.  It further stated that investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss.  Globally, irrigation systems should be. . .

12/18/2014

Winter De-Icing Wrecks Havoc On Waterways

Winter salt use is playing havoc in our streams according to a new report issued by the federal government.  Chloride levels increased substantially in 84 percent of urban streams analyzed, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that began as early as 1960 at some sites and ended as late as. . .

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