Many Americans might not realize it, but the country is headed for a brutal reality check in terms of access to clean, cheap water. Climate change's amplifying effects are turning dry regions into virtual deserts and wet ones into flood zones, setting the stage for a horde of "water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought, and groundwater depletion," warn scientists at UC Irvine ... read more >>
1) What is the story?
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest tropical cyclones ever recorded, struck the Phillipines, Vietnam and Southern China. High winds (235km/hr) and torrential rain (up to 400mm in some areas) have led to flooding, landslides and structural collapse. Thousands are feared dead.
2) Why is it important?
This storm is responsible for a significant loss of lives. Hydrologis ... read more >>
Increase Water Efficiency by Tracking Water Usage · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader
According to the EPA of the United States at least 36 states have experienced water shortage issues. The price of water has increase by significant amounts. The price of water in some states have increased by over 35 percent over the past two years.
This is very important that not only do countries in the third world experience water shortage problems but the problem is much closer to home. ... read more >>
Culverts are structures used to convey surface runoff from one side of the road to to another and are usually covered with embankment and composed of structural materia; around the entire perimeter, although some are supported on spead footings with the streambed serving as the bottom of the culvert. ... read more >>
Despite being treated, waste water from fracking and other forms of gas and oil extraction can leave elevated levels of contaminants in streambeds at the point they are discharged and well downstream, according to a study published Wednesday.
Among the potentially harmful effects of the waste-water discharges, the study found, is the creation of radioactive hot spots from naturally occurring rad ... read more >>
For the first time a long temperature reconstruction on the basis of stable carbon isotopes in tree rings has been achieved for the eastern Mediterranean. An exactly dated time series of almost 900 year length was established, exhibiting the medieval warm period, the little ice age between the 16th and 19th century as well as the transition into the modern warm phase. Moreover, Ingo Heinrich from ... read more >>
Another sign of the growing North-South divide, but this time it's climate change - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent
Global warming even applies to the North-South divide according to scientists who have discovered that temperatures in the south of the country have been rising much faster than in the north. ... read more >>
The drought that has persisted across most of the Southwest for three months short of three years is on track to be the second longest drought in Texas history. And if the trend doesn’t turn soon, the current dry spell could rival the legendary drought of the 1950s.
That’s the less than uplifting outlook Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon offered during a “Water Woes” panel discussion ... read more >>
The green ooze of algae blooms, fleeing fish and no-swimming warnings: Welcome to South Florida's flood-control dumping grounds. The polluting consequences of draining Lake Okeechobee to keep South Florida dry are dumped on coastal communities such as Stuart, Port Salerno and Jensen Beach to the north, which otherwise wouldn't be at risk of flooding from Florida's great lake. ... read more >>
Recently news has been spreading of the "Plastisphere", which is the name for masses of plastic float over large areas. This can be found in areas of the ocean where there is low amount of water movement. Currently new research is being conducted to examine the smallest organisms interactions with the plastic floating on the ocean. ... read more >>