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Events in Drought-Stricken India Parallel Recent Experience in California

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.

Garbage, especially plastic waste, chokes our oceans and alters marine habitats

Plastic Waste in Our Oceans: Problems and Solutions

One of the unexpected corollaries of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the increase in public awareness about the tons of garbage that litter our oceans. In the first few weeks after the March 8 disappearance of the passenger jet, searchers scoured huge swaths of the Indian Ocean, and found nothing but garbage. In the process of looking for wreckage from the…

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Netafim Winds Stockholm Industry Water Award

Israeli-based irrigation company Netafim was presented with the Stockholm Industry Water Award at World Water Week earlier this month. Netafim specializes in “smart drip” and micro-irrigation solutions targeted specifically for small and family-owned farms. In the mid-1960’s water engineer and Netafim founder Simcha Blass discovered the effectiveness of slow and steady drip irrigation for enhanced plant growth. Building on this realization Blass…

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Rising sea levels will impact human infrastructure and native species along San Francisco Bay

Sea Level Rise: Adaptation Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

In a previous post we outlined the impacts of sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay region as a consequence of climate change. As stated in the original post, the San Francisco Bay region comprises the largest estuary on the North American west coast. The bay feeds into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a vital waterway for the entire state’s…

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Water is the key to biological diversity

Water Problems and Solutions in the Wake of International Day of Biodiversity 2013

Water is synonymous with biological diversity. The UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) is celebrated each year on May 22nd, it is designed to increase awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for IBD 2013 was Water and Biodiversity and its goal was to raise awareness about the mutually reinforcing relationship between water security and biodiversity. From its creation by…

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Many living near natural gas drilling operations report significant health problems from the fracking fluids used. Industry says such reports are anecdotal at best, environmental groups say their studies are sound. Only third-party, unbiased research can get to the truth.

Health Problems Persist Among Residents Exposed to Fracking Pollutants

The boon on America’s natural gas has been touted by both political parties during the recent election cycle, pointing to increased production and lower costs.  As is often the case, where money can be made and political points won, the facts can become a secondary concern.  This is certainly the case with hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is infamously…

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EarthTalk: The Deep Carbon Footprint of Water Managament

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I read somewhere that our various systems for collecting, distributing and treating water are very energy intensive and, as such, contribute significantly to global warming. How does that happen and what can we do to correct such problems?            — Marina…

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