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August 30, 2011--Preserving 4 percent of the ocean could protect most marine mammal species (Environmental News Network)

Preserving just 4 percent of the ocean could protect crucial habitat for the vast majority of marine mammal species, from sea otters to blue whales, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Their findings were published in the Aug. 16 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

May 11, 2011--New study reveals dangerous levels of flammable methane in drinking water wells (Colorado Independent)

A new scientific study conducted by researchers at Duke University for the first time shows drinking water wells closer to natural gas drilling activity contain higher levels of flammable methane gas that the federal government says could require “hazard mitigation” action.

March 3, 2011--Rising carbon dioxide is causing plants to have fewer pores, releasing less water to the atmosphere (Science Daily)

As carbon dioxide levels have risen during the last 150 years, the density of pores that allow plants to breathe has dwindled by 34 percent, restricting the amount of water vapor the plants release to the atmosphere, report scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and Utrecht University in the Netherlands in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

December 16, 2010--Drought warmest in 1,000 years (Albuquerque Journal)

The drought of the last decade in the Southwestern United States is likely the warmest in more than a thousand years, new research suggests.

October 6, 2010--Global warming: a rise in river flows raises alarm (Los Angeles Times)

The volume of fresh water pouring from the world’s rivers has risen rapidly since 1994, in what  researchers say is further evidence of global warming. The study, led by a team at UC Irvine, is the first to estimate global fresh-water flow into the world’s oceans using observations from new satellite technology rather than through computer or hydrological models.

September 21, 2010--Would curbing desert dust help the Colorado River? (Los Angles Times)

The dark dust thrown up by human activity in the deserts of the southwestern United States hastens the melting of Rocky Mountain snow and ultimately reduces the amount of water flowing into the upper Colorado River by around 5%, scientists reported Monday.

September 23, 2009--Sen. Feinstein urges outside review of Calif. water restrictions (New York Times)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is pressing the Obama administration to take a step back from California's drought emergency to authorize a third-party scientific review of two federal biological opinions that restrict water deliveries to farmers in the Central Valley.

June 16, 2008--LA County hopes to fend off drought with cloud-seeding program (LA Times)

Hoping to wring water from the skies, a parched Los Angeles County plans to launch an $800,000 cloud-seeding project in the San Gabriel Mountains that officials believe will boost rainfall and raise the levels of local reservoirs.

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