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July 5, 2016--Why a half-degree temperature rise is a big deal (NASA)

The Paris Agreement, which delegates from 196 countries hammered out in December 2015, calls for holding the ongoing rise in global average temperature to “well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels,” while “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” How much difference could that half-degree of wiggle room (or 0.9 degree on the Fahrenheit sc


April 16, 2016--Is the California drought America's water wake-up call? (Los Angeles Times)

The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state. Average, however, is welcome.


February 21, 2016--The innovators: looped water system for Earth friendly shower (Guardian)

When he was working on an academic project with Nasa, Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, a Swedish industrial designe


July 17, 2015--How the West overcounts its water supplies (New York Times)

Paul Matuska is the closest thing the American West has to a water cop, and his beat includes Needles, Calif., a beleaguered desert town midway between Flagstaff, Ariz., and Los Angeles. About 4,800 people live in Needles, on the western bank of the Colorado River where it cuts a swath in the mud between California and Arizona.


June 17, 2015--NASA satellites show world's thirst for groundwater (NPR)

New data from NASA's GRACE satellites show that many of the world's biggest aquifers are being sucked dry at a rate far greater than they are being replenished.


May 1, 2015--NASA-funded study: Industrial civilization headed for 'irreversible collapse'? (Guardian)

A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.


March 20, 2015--No, California won't run out of water in a year (Los Angeles Times)

California's water situation is troubling, but experts say decades worth of groundwater remain. Lawmakers are proposing emergency legislation, state officials are clamping down on watering lawns and, as California enters a fourth year of drought, some are worried that the state could run out of water. State water managers and other experts said Thursda

March 12, 2015--Could China & India's air pollution be behind our cold, snowy winters? (Environmental News Network)

Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington. But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India. "Over the past 30 years or so, man-made emission centers have shifted from tr


February 28, 2015--Water is eating away at Antarctica's ice and it may reshape Earth (Associated Press)

Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations.


February 16, 2015--NASA climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought (Guardian)

California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 1,200 years, exacerbated by record hot temperatures. A new study led by Benjamin Cook at NASA GISS examines how drought intensity in North America will change in a hotter world, and finds that things will only get worse. Global warming intensifies drought in several ways. In increases evaporation from soil and reservoirs.


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