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Kale or fracking? Farmers and corporations fight it out for water | The Guardian

Posted By aqua in Planning and Management

Which would you rather have: lettuce and carrots for your salads, or affordable gasoline for your car? Affordable food prices or affordable electricity?

In California, fracking is taking the water that farmers need – and it’s no anomaly. There is a water conflict looming between industry and agriculture http://www.theguardian.com -

New York Plants Curbside Gardens to Soak Up Storm-Water Runoff

Posted By aqua in Hydrology

In what officials have billed as one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the United States, New York City has, with little fanfare, embarked on a roughly 20-year, $2.4 billion project intended to protect local waterways, relying in large measure on “curbside gardens” that capture and retain storm-water runoff. http://www.nytimes.com -

NASA: Major droughts threaten food supply, global security

Posted By aqua in Hydrology , Planning and Management

Water in the world’s largest aquifers is being pumped out at greater rates than can be replenished naturally. NASA says this poses a greater threat to US food supplies and global security than previously thought.

Groundwater in the globe’s largest aquifers – the US High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China and India – is being depleted at alarming rates according to new analysis by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The majority of the aquifers lie under the world’s great agricultural regions – and 80 percent of the world’s fresh water usage is in growing crops – meaning their reduction poses a serious threat to the world’s food supply. http://rt.com -

Brazil drought: Sao Paulo sleepwalks into water crisis

Posted By teddyRIO in Hydrology , Planning and Management

Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo has been struggling with a severe drought for months, but local authorities seem slow to acknowledge the crisis, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports. http://www.bbc.co.uk -

Changes of Virtual Water Trades between Continents Over Time (Infographics)

Posted By Waterlover in Hydrology , Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

This interesting figure shows how the virtual water trades between continents have changed from 1986 to 2007. http://news.princeton.edu -

A Heart Risk in Drinking Water (The New York Times)

Posted By britneyg in Water Quality

It’s a position supported by a growing cohort of researchers and clinical cardiologists, who worry that environmental exposures generally are an underestimated risk in heart disease. The most troubling are thought to be air pollution, metallic elements like arsenic, and heavy metals such as cadmium and lead.

The growing interest in metallic compounds has led to a new understanding of how materials do harm on a cellular level. Arsenic may not be a heavy metal, but it shares some similarities, including the ability to cause free radical damage to cells, stressing delicate blood vessels and thickening arterial walls. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com -