Week before last, more than 1,000 climate experts from around the world gathered in Stockholm for World Water Week. If you didn’t read about it or hear about it on TV, it’s not necessarily because of the crisis besetting modern journalism. It could easily be the subject. If there is anything that can clear a room faster than a plague of toads, it’s discussion of climate change and water.
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The beefed-up diets of Asia's expanding middle class could lead to chronic food shortages for the water-stressed region, scientists said at a global water conference in Sweden last week.
Asia's growing economy and appetite for meat will require a radical overhaul of farmland irrigation to feed a population expected to swell to 1.4 billion by 2050, experts warned at Stockholm's World Water Week ... read more >>
We're living in lucky times. Living standards - in the Western world, at least - are the highest in history. It's an era of relative peace and plenty that would amaze our ancestors. But it's not going to continue forever; we're already stretching many of our natural resources to their limits, and the world's population will jump from 6.5 billion to around 9 billion over the next 50 years. Get rea ... read more >>
Last week, a Siberian hydroelectric dam failed when an explosion rocked the site’s turbine room, killing dozens and taking 6,000 megawatts of electricity offline.
While the tragedy’s ultimate causes are unclear, Russian media has been questioning the state of the aging Soviet-made infrastructure. Dams are getting older in the United States, too. The average age of America’s 80,000 dams is 51 y ... read more >>
Outside Lands, the San Francisco music festival, is working diligently to be a green standard for music festivals. And in fact, the designated Eco Lands section is a haven for those looking for organic and local refreshments, renewable energy-powered music, and opportunities to volunteer for non-profits. I'll bring on the posts about all these great features soon. However, there's one thing I dea ... read more >>
A comprehensive new study of irrigation in Asia warns that, without major reforms and innovations in the way water is used for agriculture, many developing nations face the politically risky prospect of having to import more than a quarter of the rice, wheat and maize they will need by 2050.
This warning, along with related forecasts and possible solutions, appear in a report entitled, "Revita ... read more >>
The New York Times ran a front page story yesterday on atrazine in drinking water (part of its series on worsening water pollution) and the state of federal tap-water regulation of this super-common weed killer (not good). The chemical is worrisome because of its ubiquity, its links with birth defects and low birth weights, and because it may have effects at levels lower than those previously su ... read more >>
The ocean may offer beautiful views and excellent water. But it is also becoming the world’s biggest trash dump.
Miriam Goldstein, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wanted to find out just how big. Particularly, in terms of plastic.
What she found astounded her.
“It’s pretty shocking to hear there’s all this debris not far away from land,” she said. “All the scie ... read more >>
A fast-spreading drought has decreased drinking water supplies for nearly 7 million people and damaged crops in seven provinces and regions in central and northern China, the national anti-drought administration said.
Official statistics showed the drought had caused water shortages for 6.93 million people and 5.62 million head of livestock by Thursday.
Meanwhile, 145 million mu (9.67 milli ... read more >>
U.S. government scientists have for the first time found chemical contaminants in drinking water wells near natural gas drilling operations, fueling concern that a gas-extraction technique is endangering the health of people who live close to drilling rigs.
The Environmental Protection Agency found chemicals that researchers say may cause illnesses including cancer, kidney failure, anemia and ... read more >>