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Flexibility and reform may prove key to dealing with the ongoing drought By John Upton and Climate Central | April 14, 2015 Unlike its golden-brown neighbor further south, Washington state was blessed with relatively generous storms over winter. But, as was the case in drought-stricken California,...
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Climate officials are warning that this winter’s El Niño weather pattern is likely to be one of the strongest on record, bringing huge storms and a cold, wet winter for many – but nowhere near enough rainfall to reverse the disastrous long-term drought in the western US. Any heavy rainfall will be ...
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We live in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. It’s not a Mad Max landscape, but there’s a water shortage around here. With drought and warming summer temperatures, we decided to share five ways we’re conserving water. 1. Make berms and basins We learned this a few years ago from Brad Lancaster—rainwater ha...
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Hey, Seattle. Remember last winter? How pleasantly warm and dry it was, almost like you live somewhere reasonable and not in a pool of tepid water near Canada? Well, you’re paying for it now. In a new article on Investigate West, reporter Robert McClure looks at the future of the city’s dwindling s...
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Authorities in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, recently announced that if current drought conditions persisted, they would be forced to restrict water availability for the city of 20 million to only two days per week. The economic and social implications of such a decision are staggering. One seni...
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Hugh Beggs of Santa Rosa, Calif., searched for coins in the middle of the Russian River in Healdsburg, taking advantage of the below-normal water flow. By Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett NEW YORK TIMES  FEBRUARY 02, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The punishing drought that has swept California and much of ...
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Drought, and the resulting shortage of melting snow, is driving the historic water shortages across much of the American West. By Dennis Dimick, National Geographic  PUBLISHED APRIL 06, 2015 Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state’s first-ever mandatory water restricti...
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The Environmental Protection Agency took responsibility Friday for inadvertently polluting a Colorado river with 1 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater while trying to clean up an abandoned gold mine. The spill occurred Wednesday morning at a long-closed Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo., ...
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By Dennis Dimick, National Geographic PUBLISHED AUGUST 21, 2014 Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western ...
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The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly made the social media rounds, prompting both panic and the usual blame game: It’s because of the meat ...
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Americans tend to take it for granted that when we open a tap, water will come out. Western states have been dealing with water problems for a while, but they won't be alone for long. As drought, flooding, and climate change restrict America's water supply, demands from population growth and energ...
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Nearly three-quarters of new Oregon residents come from western states, many of which are suffering from severe water shortages. PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s no surprise that Oregon, especially Portland, is a hot destination for transplants from around the country. Anyone who sits in Portland’s increasing...
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In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide. As a result, each sta...
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29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest count...
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and i...
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Majority of Parks Experience Days Risky for Vulnerable Visitors; Four Parks Regularly Unsafe for Most People WASHINGTON –A new analysis, released today by National Parks Conservation Association, shows that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued b...
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks away after answering questions from reporters following a town hall campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels wa...
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By Mead Gruver, AP CHEYENNE — California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released M...
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SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) may face legal action from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after the organization claimed that one of the company's employees participated in several protests using a bogus name. PETA has accused the Orlando, Florida, theme park operator of mistr...
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By Caleb Jones HONOLULU — High above this bustling city — in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live — there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others. The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and t...
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