Posts Tagged ‘Water’

08/28/2015

New NASA Data Shows Rise In Sea Levels

Global sea levels have risen nearly 3 inches in less than 25 years, with some locations around the world rising more than 9 inches, according to NASA’s latest satellite data.  An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet. . .

08/21/2015

Drought Causing CA To Sink

Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.  The research shows that in some places the ground is sinking nearly two inches each month, putting infrastructure on. . .

08/19/2015

Long Term Ocean Cooling Ended With Global Warming

Prior to the advent of human-caused global warming in the 19th century, the surface layer of Earth’s oceans had undergone 1,800 years of a steady cooling trend, according to a new study. During the latter half of this cooling period, the trend was most likely driven by large and frequent. . .

07/30/2015

CA Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Grapes

Water scarcity is driving California farmers to plant different crops.  Growers are switching to more profitable, less-thirsty fruits, vegetables and nuts.  Nowhere is this truer than San Diego County, where water prices are some of the highest in the state.  Farmers in this area are moving away from citrus trees. . .

07/24/2015

US EPA Updates Report On The Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated environmental and public health indicators in an online database, making information about the current and historical condition of the nation’s environment and human health more accessible to the public. This is an online update to EPA’s Report on the Environment http://cfpub.epa.gov/roe/. Users. . .

07/23/2015

Greenland Glaciers Melting Faster

Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much faster than currently estimated, according to a team of researchers of the University of California,. . .

07/21/2015

Oceans Trapping Heat From Greenhouse Gases

A new study of ocean temperature measurements shows that in recent years, extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the subsurface waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, thus accounting for the slowdown in the global surface temperature increase observed during the past decade, researchers say.  A specific. . .

07/14/2015

CA County Getting Water By Truck

Rural Tulare County, California is now being called the epicenter of this drought.  That’s because at least 1,300 residential wells have run dry, affecting at least 7,000 people. When your taps start spitting out air here, Paul Boyer and his team are who you call.  Under a punishing mid-afternoon sun,. . .

06/18/2015

Groundwater Basins Rapidly Being Depleted

About one third of Earth’s largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted by human consumption, despite having little accurate data about how much water remains in them, according to two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.  This. . .

06/17/2015

Expanding Greywater Use

If just one in ten Southern Californians were to install a greywater system in their home, the state would conserve as much potable water as it expects to generate through the massive $1 billion desalination plant that is about to come online in San Diego County.  So why aren’t more state and local. . .

06/15/2015

New Water Cutbacks For Farmers In CA

Drought-stricken California ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights.  State water officials told more than a hundred senior rights holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from those waterways.  The move by the State Water Resources. . .

06/11/2015

U.S. Installs First Wave Energy Device

The first wave energy device in North American waters started feeding renewable electricity to a Marine Corps base in Hawaii last week.  In coordination with the U.S. Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department brought online a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter (WEC) device. The one-of-a-kind, wave. . .

06/02/2015

EPA Gets New Clean Water Powers

One-third of Americans receive water that is unregulated by the Clean Water Act. That’s a lot of people who are potentially drinking tainted water.  Fortunately, all that is about to change with the EPA’s new Waters of the United States rule, which was announced on Wednesday. Altogether, the EPA now has the authority. . .

06/01/2015

High Heat Accelerating CA Drought

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.  Experiments with a hydrologic model for the. . .

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