Archive - Mar 2014

Date

March 31, 2014--Statewide water
shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily Times)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

March 31, 2014--Statewide water shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily News)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

March 30, 2014--IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’ (Post Independent)

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet. The negative effects of climate change are already beginning to be felt in every part of the world and yet countries are ill-prepared for the potentially immense impacts on food security, water supplies and human health, a major report has concluded.


March 30, 2014--On oil-water nexus (Arab News)

In addition to the conventional energy market issues, mainly oil, related to price and production, the industry seems to be gearing for a new worry — how to handle the oil-water nexus. A recent UN Water Day has a very simple message to deliver: Water needs energy and energy needs water. The interdependencies between the two is strengthened and consolidated by the day.


March 30, 2014--Despite good snowpack in Rockies, Lake Mead level still expected to drop (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead is drying up. At the rate we use water in the valley, the reservoir — the largest in the country — could be drained and arid by 2050. Thirty years ago, a seemingly endless supply of water rushed down the Colorado River, into Lake Mead and out of our faucets. Today, 14 years into a drought that has left the valley parched, our reservoirs are less than half full. Why?


March 30, 2014--Too early to tell if above average snowpack will help Colorado River (Havasu News)

It snowed hard all winter in the Rocky Mountains, and come spring that’s always been a sign that once that huge snowpack melts, the Colorado River will tumble mightily with a greater bounty of water to keep the Southwest viable. The overall snowpack is now at 115 percent of average for this time of the year in the Rockies.


March 30, 2014--Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption (Science Codex)

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. On Monday 31 March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.


March 30, 2014--The ripple effect of less water (Las Vegas Sun)

Higher food prices, water bills and utility rates. Greater wildfire risk. Shrinking communities, fewer jobs and weakening economies. Amid growing concern that the drought gripping the West isn’t history repeating itself but instead is a new normal brought about by climate change, the effects of the dwindling water supply in the region are beginning to become all too clear.


March 29, 2014--Plane search raises questions about sea of floating junk (WPRO Newsroom)

The search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has not turned up any evidence of a crash, but it has trained the world's gaze on thousands of pieces of junk floating on the ocean's surface.


March 29, 2014--UN panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming (Washington Post)

A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight “key risks” that are part of broader “reasons for concern” about climate change. It’s part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it.