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Posted by on in Climate Change
More than 98 percent of Texas is in some level of abnormal dryness as spring arrives, conditions that could set drought records and lead to severe water restrictions in some regions of the state. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center in L...
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Posted by on in Newsletter Archive
Water, Water Everywhere - Not in 2012Last year’s drought touched more than 80 percent of U.S. agricultural land. While the drought was most likely initially set into motion by the cooler-than-average water temperatures of La Niña in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which influences weathe...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
  The United States is one of the world's biggest users of water—many Americans use as much water as approximately 900 Kenyans. As a result, water resources in the U.S. are shrinking. In the last five years, there have been water shortages in almost every part of the country, including the wor...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Search the web and you’ll find myriad ways to conserve water in your home. Articles, blogs and downloads are long on how and short on why it matters. It seems obvious. It IS obvious even if you only read the headlines about drought, fires and regional water scarcity. But the questions often asked ju...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to spare.” As a child, this rhyme along with its alternate versions was a common chant sung at the playground. Not much thought was ever given to the words; it was simply a fun phrase everyone seemed to know. Now, these words carry a much heavier meaning. The...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
  More research and better policies are needed to protect the world's most vulnerable seas, lying off the coast of West Africa and the Caribbean, local experts have toldSciDev.Net. The two regions have some of the world's unhealthiest seas, according to a new index that assessed the health ...
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Posted by on in Human Health
  We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.   New research shows that 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans — thos...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  These images show a stretch of the Mississippi River just south of Memphis, Tennessee. The top one was taken by a NASA satellite on August 8, 2012, and the bottom one by a different NASA satellite on August 14, 2011. See how there are huge patches of light tan along the river in the i...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
  Shocked by the prices you’re seeing at the grocery store? Widespread drought is causing the prices of common foods like corn, soy beans, and beef to shoot through the roof. Many families are struggling to keep bellies full despite browning plants and cracking ground, and not all of them ar...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Study finds visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as locals, causing conflict and disease. The disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says a report to b...
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Tagged in: Ecotourism quality Water
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Washington, D.C.—"The proposal of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2013 threatens our nation's critical drinking and clean water resources by cutting the Clean W...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
By Katrin Muff Rio Dialogues offers a public debate on the critical topic “Water”, currently on at Rio Centro. Dialogues is a public direct democratic initiative by the Brazilian government as their contribution to RIO+20. Within the main auditorium I found a highly diverse and young crowd of appro...
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Tagged in: Brazil Rio+20 Water
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Promises made at previous summits have not delivered enough protection for the oceans — campaigners are pushing for better results from Rio+20, writes Prime Sarmiento.   This month, scientists, campaigners and many developing nations are optimistic they will set in motion a deal on the conser...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
While this guide to important environmental issues is not comprehensive, if you’re new to green or simply want a refresher overview, this list neatly summarizes some of our most pressing environmental concerns … some of which cannot be solved simply via creative upcycling or small-space living....
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Posted by on in Clean Water
  Worried by an eco backlash, the bottled water industry is waging a PR battle to turn the public back onto plastic bottled water   Bottled water is the totemic bête noire of the environmental world, a multibillion-dollar industry that takes what in the west is clean and readily avail...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Villagers discover that it is easier to store water in ice than in a reservoir, and less is lost to evaporation. A remote Indian village is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by creating large masses of ice, or "artificial glaciers," to get through the dry spring months. (See a ma...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Access to water is one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. As our global population grows and becomes wealthier, the demand for water will greatly increase. At the same time, water availability and quality are also under growing stress from climate change, energy scarcity, land use de...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day, a holiday that has promoted global appreciation and protection of wetlands for 41 years. It commemorates an international treaty signed in 1971, the Ramsar Convention, that aims to conserve swamps, marshes and bogs around the world, from Albania to Mexico to Zambia. &n...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) today launched the Water Tight 2012  report, which explores the future of the global water sector in the year ahead. The report examines how major global trends such as population growth, increasing economic development, and urbanization, coupled with the...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Shannon Skelton, Environmental Hero with a Fish Story Worth Hearing The early years were a scary endeavor and squeaky tight financially. Yet, Shannon Skelton knew he could build a better river. With water resources valued for sustaining human life, Skelton had his work cut out for him to champion a...
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