Archive - 2013

December 31, 2013--Climate change worse than we thought, likely to be 'catastrophic rather than simply dangerous' (Huff Post)

Climate change may be far worse than scientists thought, causing global temperatures to rise by at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, or about 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature, takes a fresh look at clouds' effect on the planet, according to a report by The Guardian.

December 31, 2013--Do we need a water ethics charter? (Water Wired)

David Groenfeldt is a PhD anthropologist who founded (2009) and directs the Water-Culture Institute ("Adding Values to Water Policies') in Santa Fe, NM. The Institute (WCI) also runs the Water Ethics NetworkHe's the author of a recent book, Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis.

December 31, 2013--S.W. Colorado lawmakers seek to limit Front Range lawns (Durango Herald)

Two Southwest Colorado lawmakers want to make new suburban lawns a bit smaller as a way to prevent cities from siphoning away farm and ranch water. The idea highlights the list of bills local legislators will propose when the Legislature’s 2014 session begins Jan. 8.

December 30, 2013--Water poverty is a crisis for Navajo communities (Fronteras Desk)

During the season of giving we hear a lot about the small gifts that can help people in third world countries. Buy a goat, feed family in Nepal.  Donate money for tree seedlings, help farmers in India. But a new effort focuses this kind of development help closer to home, in this country, where many Navajo communities still lack running water.

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December 29, 2013--Water supply will struggle to meet demands of thirstier world (Epoch Times)

There are already many countries where the scarcity of water affects people’s lives. While water for drinking may be first to come to mind, as agriculture is the largest use of water worldwide water scarcity first and foremost is a threat to food supply. And as many industrial processes rely on water availability, it also hampers economic development.

December 27, 2013--How is global warming affecting precipitation? New satellite to help explain. (Science Monitor)

The United States and Japan are getting set to launch a 4.3-ton satellite designed to monitor rain and snowfall in unprecedented detail. The agencies announced on Thursday that they have scheduled the launch for Feb. 28, 2014, from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center on an island off the southern tip of the larger island of Kyushu.

December 27, 2013--Colorado drought will take a decade to overcome (High Plains Journal)

KKTV Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe advises farmers to continue to include drought management in their production plan in 2014. Bledsoe, who does extensive work in long-range forecasting specializing in agriculture, spoke before the Colorado Ag Classic Dec. 12.

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December 26, 2013--Colorado Legislature to take on rules in wake of historic floods (Coloradoan)

Destruction from September’s floods is prompting proposals that state lawmakers say are aimed at removing bureaucratic obstacles to expedite rebuilding efforts. Some of the proposals haven’t been finalized, but the legislative session that begins next month could see several bills in reaction to one of the worst disasters in state history.