Archive - 2014

December 18th

December 16, 2014--Desalination out of desperation (MIT Technology Review)

Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed.


December 15th

December 15, 2014--Greenland ice melt underestimated, study says (Guardian)

Melting ice from the coast of Greenland could make a much bigger contribution to rising sea levels than has previously been thought, a new study suggests. Scientists believe a previously overlooked side-effect of global warming could greatly increase the rate of melting of the vast Greenland ice sheet.


December 15, 2014--Climate deal would commit every nation to limiting emissions (New York Times)

 Negotiators from around the globe reached a climate change agreement early Sunday that would, for the first time in history, commit every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions — yet would still fall far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impact of global warming.


December 15, 2014--Eight unbelievable solutions to future water shortages (Guradian)

It’s estimated that we use 9tn cubic metres of water every year. As the global population grows, it is becoming an increasingly precious resource, with millions forced to walk for more than a mile to collect their daily supply. We investigate the innovative technologies that will help tackle our water crisis in future.


December 15, 2014--Healthy Animas, healthy animals (Durango Herald)

Potentially, harmfully high levels of nutrients are flowing from the Florida River into the Animas River, and one project is hoping to make a dent in the problem. The Animas Watershed Partnership and rancher Keith Fassbender recently finished fencing almost a mile of the Florida River west of the Durango-La Plata County Airport as part of the effort.


December 14, 2014--Colorado needs this water plan (Times Call)

If the value of water to Colorado's future was ever in doubt — and, no, it never was — then the recently released draft of a state water plan should make clear just how important this resource is, from Denver to Durango. Prepared for Gov.


December 14, 2014--How to avoid injury in a Western water war (Havasu News)

Is the West facing a water war? Facing continued drought, several states are making moves that could threaten interstate compacts and, more importantly, the amount of water flowing into the Colorado River.


December 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan is a big step forward (Denver Post)

No single issue will have a more direct impact on Colorado's future than our ability to successfully and collaboratively manage our life-giving water. Water pumps the beating heart of Colorado's sublime appeal. It provides for thriving agriculture, the green hue of our forests, farmfields and, yes, even lawns.


December 13, 2014--Boulder condo complex sees flood insurance premium skyrocket 14,000 percent (Daily Camera)

A condominium association representing residents of high-priced units in downtown Boulder has been hit with a flood insurance premium increase of 14,526 percent. The 22-residential-unit luxury condominium complex known as the Arete at 1095 Canyon Blvd.


December 13, 2014--Arizona farmers take hit to stave off water crisis (Arizona Central)

All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River. That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them.