Posts Tagged ‘Water’

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. . .

12/10/2014

Chesapeake Bay Waters Heating Up

The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.  One effect of warming waters is an increase in eutrophication, or. . .

11/18/2014

U.S Water Consumption Down

According to the US Geological Survey, our water consumption is improving.  Water use in the United States in 2010 was estimated to be about 355 billion gallons per day, which was 13 percent less than in 2005. Better yet, 2010 marks the lowest level of water use in the US. . .

11/07/2014

Court Upholds Damages Against BP Over Gulf Spill

Just when you thought the BP oil spill coverage would end, a federal appeals court panel recently reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court. . .

10/24/2014

South Florida Seeks Secession Over Climate Change

A recent news item reported that South Miami officials have passed a proposal that would divide Florida into two states.  The proposal for secession was prompted by the growing frustration of northern Florida’s apathy on the effects of climate change in South Florida.  The proposal, which passed at an Oct. 7. . .

10/09/2014

Coastal Flooding Forecasts On The Rise

A new report, released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, forecasts that by 2030, at least 180 floods will strike during high tides every year in Annapolis, Md.  In some cases, such flooding will occur twice in a single day, since tides come in and out about two times daily. By 2045,. . .

10/06/2014

CA Enters 4th Year Of Drought

The state ended its third driest year on record and entered a fourth consecutive year of drought, as the U.S. Geological Survey’s water calendar year came to a close Wednesday. Amid a rare autumn heat wave bringing triple-digit temperatures to the state, officials are warning Californians to prepare for the near certainty that the coming months. . .

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