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Without one, the entire California economy is at risk: A new water strategy

Posted By Kaveh in Planning and Management

The Times' recent story, "Water shortage worst in decades," illustrates an often forgotten fact. Southern California is really a semi-arid desert -- brought to life by water supplies from the Colorado River, the Owens Valley and the State Water Project to supplement our local supplies. Our reliance on this imported water to meet the region's future needs puts us at ever greater risk. Future water -

India: Depleted groundwater threatens food chain

Posted By kevinthemann in Hydrogeology

Experts say the depletion of groundwater is a major threat to food security and economic stability in India, China, the United States, Mexico, Spain and North Africa. In China, the agricultural use of groundwater has skyrocketed, causing water tables to drop in many places by a rate of 5 feet a year. "The breadbasket of China - north of the Yellow River - has millions of people dependent on g -

Californians should expect higher food costs with drought

Posted By misspersian in Planning and Management

The drought -- marked Wednesday with an official declaration by Gov. Schwarzenegger -- is expected to deliver a tremendous blow to the San Joaquin Valley's multibillion-dollar agriculture industry.

Shock waves also could spread throughout the local economy, experts say.

Food prices will climb. More farmland will be fallowed. Farm jobs will be trimmed.

Many growers on the Valley's west si -

Maybe Oil and Water Do Mix

Posted By goopsgoops in Planning and Management

Americans have a seemingly insatiable appetite for over-the-top displays. Think about how many consumer items that, given the current economic environment, now seem like symbols of a decade of extreme consumption and excess -- not to mention the subsequent sense of entitlement. Giant SUVs and even the bottled-water craze are examples of a consumer gone wild. -

Numbers you need to know if you live in California

Posted By goopsgoops in Planning and Management

In a typical year the California agricultural industry uses about 34 million acre-feet of water or more than 80% of the developed water consumed by urban and agricultural users in the state. Between 30% and 50% of that water is used to grow four low value, water-intensive crops: cotton, rice, alfalfa and irrigated pasture.

Those four low value, water-intensive crops contributed about $2.5 bill -

Economy, Energy, Environment, Biodiversity and Water

Posted By macy in Planning and Management

Constant economic growth is both a financial benefit to our future and civilization's major environmental challenge. It may destroy our civilization unless we act to prevent it. Why?

First, we expect our economy to grow at the rate of about seven percent each year, doubling wealth every decade. The Federal Reserve monitors and tweaks interest rates to assure steady, controlled growth.

Secon -

Why is Meaningful Collaboration Between Ecologists and Economists So Difficult?

Posted By goopsgoops in Miscellaneous

From a policy perspective, the collaboration of ecologists and economists seems clearly desirable. At the very least, if a policy goal involves implicit or explicit choices of ecological “end points,” estimates of the cost of attaining these will be relevant to the original decision and to subsequent reviews of the policy's performance. For example, consider the on-going heated debate about the w -

US Focus on Climate Could Ease Financial Crisis

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management

If the United States focused on curbing climate change as soon as a new president took office -- or sooner -- it could help pull the world from the financial brink, environmental policy experts told Reuters. -

Water management, livestock and the opium economy - Natural resources management, farming systems and rural livelihoods

Posted By teddyRIO in Planning and Management

This paper synthesises the preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations emerging from the first year of AREU's study, "Applied Thematic Research into Water Management, Livestock and the Opium Economy" (abbreviated to WOL). Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission.

Agriculture has traditionally occupied a central position in the Afghan economy, and a high proport -