Groundwater aquifers are being sucked dry amidst a two year-long drought as Indian farmers drill and pump more groundwater in bids to make up for shortfalls in precipitation resulting from the delayed onset of weaker summer monsoon rains.
Leveraging the popularity of simple, text message-based mobile payments and wireless POS terminals could make it easier for water utilities in Africa to obtain sustainable finance to expand and improve water infrastructure and services, according to a new study from Oxford University.
The risks of prolonged “megadrought” across the U.S. Southwest, as well as arid/semi-arid regions around the world are substantially higher than believed, according to scientists from Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Ample freshwater supplies are critical to American households, businesses, institutions and industry, as well as ecosystems, but they’re increasingly under stress. Fortunately, Americans can do a lot to improve the situation by taking a few simple, inexpensive steps. Aiming to raise awareness and boost water conservation and water efficiency, the EPA WaterSense partnership program is sponsoring and hosting events around the country as part of Fix-A-Leak week.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport liquefied bitumen from massive tar sands deposits in Alberta south through Midwest US watersheds and agricultural areas and on down to the Gulf of Mexico would significantly boost the carbon emissions that fuel climate change and thus fails to meet the criteria set out in President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change…