What would New York's waterfront look like after a sea level rise of 2 feet or more?
Most officials paint a nightmare scenario -- huge swaths of expensive real estate permanently flooded, with frequent storms and the resultant storm surge routinely forcing mass evacuations every few years. But several architects are now painting a more positive picture, and their visions for a post-climate-cha ... read more >>
Daniel Schindler of the University of Washington discussed his research on ecosystem changes in response to climate change and the importance of heterogeneity. Watch him deliver some of his key messages here. ... read more >>
UNESCO-IHE offers high-quality online courses in an increasing number of topics of interest in the water sector. The innovative delivery format makes learning exciting, flexible, interactive and effective. It allows participants anywhere in the world to learn at their own convenience, and immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge in their working environment.
The online courses are inte ... read more >>
Tired of a failure to connect the dots? Maybe not, but I suspect you're tired of the expression "failure to connect the dots." A Tweet from Robert at Watercrunch provided the impetus for this post. In response to my saying that I was getting 'burned out' on water wars he suggested that we declare a truce and eschew the use of that term. I agreed. But then I started thinking about some other phras ... read more >>
To keep up with global warming, the average ecosystem will need to shift its physical boundaries about a quarter mile each year, says a new study led by scientists at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution. For some habitats, especially in low-lying areas, climate belts are moving even faster, putting many species at risk of being left behind, especially where human development has bloc ... read more >>
If the public has to choose between creating jobs and spending billions to scrub invisible heat-trapping gases from the sky, jobs will win. That's why the campaign to combat climate change is morphing, at least politically, into an economic-development drive with an environmental twist.
Many billions of dollars are being spent on clean energy, even amid the recession. One key to combating clim ... read more >>
The readers of "The Oil Drum" are familiar with the concept of "Energy Return of Energy Invested" (EROI or EROEI). It is the ratio of the energy produced by an energy plant during its life cycle to the amount of energy needed to build, operate and dismantle the plant.
EROEI remains one of the most useful parameters that can be used for evaluating an energy technology, but it is not the only on ... read more >>
Westlands Water District, 'The Cadillac of California irrigation districts' has more than a tiny fish to blame
High Country News reports on Westlands Water District's woes. " ... With scant naturally available water, the West Side was an unlikely place for an agricultural empire to begin rising roughly a century ago. Yet the farmers in Westlands have shown a rare knack for overcoming adversity and actually turning a profit in sometimes seemingly hopeless circumstances. Westlands has never been afraid to ... read more >>
Everybody's talking about carbon footprints. And how fossil fuels spew carbon into places where it probably should not be spewed. O.K.: We get it.
But despite all the attention directed at carbon, more and more scientists are starting to figure out that it takes so much water to create energy, and so much energy to move water, that whenever we talk about the carbon footprint of energy, we real ... read more >>