Nearly a third of the country's food supply comes from California, but drought there may be a catastrophe for farmers -- and the rest of us. ... read more >>
Environmental problems in Israel and the Palestinian territories can't wait for the resumption of peace talks
The water spouts from a broken pipe, forming a perfect circle before it is dispersed by the wind and falls on the breaking waves of the Mediterranean sea.
It looks like a fountain, but the pipe that runs from the town of Rafah to the sea by Gaza's border with Egypt contains raw sewa ... read more >>
Kofi A. Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum, has introduced a major new report into the human impact of climate change. The ‘Human Impact Report: Climate Change - The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis' is the first ever comprehensive report looking at the human impact of climate change. The report estimates that climate change today accounts for over 300,000 deaths throughout the world eac ... read more >>
With the news that the US State of Colorado has decided to make it legal for small farmers to collect rainwater - holding out the possibility that city dwellers, too, may one day be offered legal means to harvest rain - a tipping point approaches.
Driven by the intersection of sprawl & extended drought, and amplified by a citizenry's enduring fondness for 'individual responsibility,' rainwater ... read more >>
Soon, 10,000 Canadian homes will be given access to a powerful new tool for managing their home energy use: Google-fuelled information. Each home owner will have access to Google PowerMeter, a web-based application that displays a time-series graph showing how much power they’ve used, and when. Turn on the dryer at 2 p.m., and witness a corresponding spike on PowerMeter (and, it’s hoped, feel a t ... read more >>
Ocean desalination –– a costly and energy intensive process that converts seawater into drinking water –– is being hailed as the solution to water supply problems. But ocean desalination provides a new opportunity for private corporations to own and sell water and has the potential to create more problems than it solves.
Ocean water desalination can be greater than ten times more energy intens ... read more >>
A surge atlas can be used to make an immediate estimate of the maximum water levels and wave heights around New Orleans. With the hurricane season just around the corner (1 June - 30 November), Royal Haskoning aims to make a significant contribution by providing better predictions in order to prevent a disaster like the one in 2005.
A rapid assessment of the chance of overtopping and possible ... read more >>
Texas will receive 81 train cars full of PCB-contaminated sediment from the Hudson River every four to five days for six months.
One would be forgiven for not believing headlines last week stating that General Electric has finally started the process of dredging the Upper Hudson in an effort to remove polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the river. Forgiven because it has been more than half ... read more >>
New study argues need for dual nutrient strategy to improve aquatic ecosystems
Excess phosphorus and nitrogen produced by human activities on neighboring land is making its way into our coastal waters and degrading both water quality and aquatic life. Although historically the priority has been to control phosphorus, Professor Hans Paerl, from the University of North Carolina in the US, argues ... read more >>