Archive - 2013

December 12th

December 10, 2013--Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows (The Guardian)

New research by Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research investigates how the warming of the Earth's climate has behaved over the past 15 years compared with the previous few decades.

December 10, 2013--Cyber attacks up by 60 percent at water utilities (Water Online)

Water and wastewater utilities are experiencing a growing number of cyber attacks. That's according to data collected by the Repository for Industrial Security Incidents (RISI), an industry-wide organization devoted to tracking cyber crime. They published the data in the 2013 Report On Control System Cyber Security Incidents.

December 10, 2013--Water ranks high on EPA agenda for 2014 (Water Online)

The EPA has released its agenda for 2014, and water policy figures prominently on the list. "Despite considerable progress, America's waters remain imperiled. Water quality protection programs face complex challenges, from nutrient loadings and stormwater runoff to invasive species and drinking water contaminants.

December 9th

December 9, 2013--Rivers and streams release more greenhouse gas than all lakes (Science Daily)

Rivers and streams release carbon dioxide at a rate five times greater than the world's lakes and reservoirs combined, contrary to common belief. Research

December 8, 2013--Water recycling shower (Ozarks First)

With millions of Americans showering every single day, a precious resource goes right down the drain.

December 6th

December 6, 2013--Record Upper Colorado River Basin water use in 2011 (Inkstain)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s new Consumptive Uses and Losses Report, consumptive use of Colorado River water in the states of the upper basin (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and a sliver of Arizona) reached 4.281 million acre feet in 2011, the highest on record. The previous high was 4.245 million acre feet in 1994.

December 6, 2013--Colorado gets ruling on its arbitration with Kansas (Imperial Republican)

Colorado will have to negotiate further with Kansas, or go to the next level in the court system, before it can realize the benefits of its decisions to build an augmentation pipeline and drain Bonny Reservoir, in relation to the Republican River Compact.

December 6, 2013--These 11 cities may completely run out of water sooner than you think (Huff Post)

For decades scientists have been saying that the United States' lakes, rivers and aquifers are going to have a hard time quenching the thirst of a growing population in a warming world. A recent report from NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences does not alleviate those fears. It showed that nearly one in 10 watersheds in the U.S.

December 5, 2013--Massive freshwater supply found trapped under the ocean (Huff Post)

A major discovery under the ocean could help stave off the world’s looming freshwater crisis. Australian researchers discovered 120,000 cubic miles of freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor off the coasts off Australia, China, North America and South Africa, per a new study published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature.