Archive - 2014

December 7th

December 6, 2014--Four truths about water and sanitation (Huff Post)

Here are four truths about international safe drinking water, sanitation and toilets and hygiene programs (collectively known as WASH):

December 5, 2014--Adapting to a warmer climate could cost almost three times as much as thought, says UN report (Guardian)

Adapting to a warmer world will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and up to three times as much as previous estimates, even if global climate talks manage to keep temperature rises below dangerous levels, warns a report by the UN.

December 5, 2014--Report offers insight into U.S. private water market (Water and Wastes Digest)

According to a new report from Bluefield, U.S. private water markets are poised for significant growth. With an infrastructure gap of more than $500 billion for drinking water and wastewater treatment over the next 20 years, a revised regulatory landscape is shaping new opportunities for private players looking to invest strategically in U.S. water.

December 5, 2014--States expected to reduce water taken from Lake Mead (Arizona Central)

Arizona and various water agencies in Nevada and California are expected to approve an agreement this month that would reduce the amount of water taken from Lake Mead. The measure is considered a significant step toward protecting one of the main reservoirs of Colorado River water. The lake is at historically low levels because of a 14-year drought.

December 5, 2014--Study: California drought is the most severe in at least 1,200 years (Washington Post)

The current drought in California is the worst the state has seen in at least 1,200 years, according to a recent study published by the American Geophysical Union. Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the University of Minnesota reconstructed California’s temperature and precipitation history back to 800 A.D. using tree ring data.

December 5, 2014--Drought, water supply to be topics for Western governors, Colorado River states in Vegas (Associated Press)

Facing ongoing drought, growing populations and dwindling supplies, Western states are talking about capturing every drop of water with projects like dams and diversions. But some think competition could erode regional cooperation seen as crucial to managing the scarce resource.

December 5, 2014--Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues (Reuters)

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.

December 5, 2014--The critical role crops play in the Earth's CO2 cycle (Environmental News Network)

Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy into food is released back to the atmosphere in autumn and winter. Levels of the greenhouse gas fall, only to rise again. But the budget has gotten bigger.

December 4th

December 4, 2014--Managing a river is no plain sailing--five things you need to know (The Guardian)

Many business risks stem from increasing pressures on the natural foundations of our water security: rivers, lakes and aquifers. Water scarcity or pollution can take their toll on your company’s operations and supply chains, especially if you work in (or if you invest in) the food or beverage sectors, textiles, mining or energy.

December 4, 2014--Localized climate change contributed to ancient southwest depopulation (Science Daily)

Washington State University researchers have detailed the role of localized climate change in one of the great mysteries of North American archaeology: the depopulation of southwest Colorado by ancestral Pueblo people in the late 1200s. In the process, they address one of the mysteries of modern-day climate change: How will humans react?