Water supplies may drop for California cities & farms as state extends protections for longfin smelt
Coverage from the San Diego Union-Tribune and Stockton's Record on how yesterday's decision from the Department of Fish & Game will further reduce California's water supplies. ... read more >>
The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), a national non-profit organization that promotes the efficient and sustainable use of water, has announced the formal launch of a comprehensive web-based Water Efficiency Resource Library, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who is a major partner and funder of the program. ... read more >>
Severe drought and food shortages have caused thousands of people to leave their villages in Afghanistan's north and west to find work and aid. Many more are expected to move in desperation as winter approaches.
Provinces such as Badghis, Faryab, Jawzjan, Ghor, Saripul, Balkh and Samangan have been hard hit by a harsh winter earlier this year, followed by a debilitating drought and poor harves ... read more >>
About $2.5 trillion of real estate assets in California are at risk, with a projected annual price tag of between $300 million and $3.9 billion, according to a report by UC Berkeley researchers. ... read more >>
City officials say it is a flood protection system of levees and flood walls that will take eight to 15 years to build. The construction cost could reach $1 billion.
And, along the way, the community's congressional delegation will likely need to do some heavy lifting to help secure federal funds to pay most of the bills.
With those caveats, the City Council last night unanimously approved ... read more >>
Unfortunately it is a classic case of "climate feedback" as desal plants cause more emissions and ocean acidification.
Our never-ending quest to identify all the amplifying climate feedbacks takes us back to Australia:
THE worst drought in a century, especially in Australia's most populated and fastest growing regions, has forced state governments to make expensive, and in some quarter ... read more >>
If you are interested in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in non-EU countries then these three leaflets (in English, or French, or Spanish) are worth perusing. The EU WFD commits European Union member states to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of all water bodies by 2015. It is a framework in the sense that it prescribes steps to reach a common goal. ... read more >>
The 1989 privatization of the water supply sector in England and Wales is a much-cited model of market environmentalism— the introduction of market institutions to natural resource management as a means of reconciling goals of efficiency and environmental conservation. Yet, more than a decade after privatization, the application of market mechanisms to water supply management is much more limited ... read more >>
Last ditch efforts by Bush to undermine environmental policy will affect water, climate change, endangered species and public lands.
The changes seem minor: clarifications of regulations, revisions to rules, updated land-management proposals.
But some recent proposals from the Interior Department - many likely to be finalized in the waning months of the Bush administration and pushed throug ... read more >>
A drip irrigation system reuses the rain to water the landscaping.
"Rainwater harvesting" - collecting rainwater in barrels and tanks to be used to water plants, flush toilets and more - is becoming more popular in the water-conscious West. But in some states the seemingly simple action can run people afoul of the law - either for doing it or for not. In Idaho, the practice is allowed.
In C ... read more >>