Posts Tagged ‘Water’
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. . .
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. . .
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,. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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,. . .
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. . .
In a novel approach to adding solar energy, Japan is creating floating solar islands in an effort to reduce its dependency on nuclear power. Two companies in Japan recently announced they are to begin building two large solar power islands that will float on reservoirs. This follows smartphone maker Kyocera’s. . .
Facing acute water shortages in some communities and mandatory restrictions on watering lawns, Californians saved 17 billion gallons of water in July, enough to fill 26,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the state said. The amount saved falls short of the 20 percent reduction in use called for by Democratic Governor Jerry. . .