The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)
Those are fitting words for the battery of naysayers on China's ability to grow. From legendary short seller Jim Chanos to author Gordon Chang, the drumbeat against China has been relentless. Still, there is evidence of more "drinkable water" than the skeptics would have us believe. Key data from China this morning follows yest ... read more >>
There's no relief in sight for the Midwest and Southeast, where torrential floods have claimed four lives. Ten more inches of rain fell overnight. Flood warnings and watches were posted from Kansas to Tennessee Friday morning, which is being hit especially hard. Authorities in southwest Missouri identified 69-year-old Helen Pendergraft of Noel as the woman who died before dawn Thursday as she att ... read more >>
As severe drought conditions persist in certain regions throughout the country, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced temporary assistance to livestock producers through FSA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Under limited conditions, farmers and ranchers affected by drought will be allowed to use certain additional CRP acres for haying or grazing under ... read more >>
Severe storms have been battering an already saturated areas of south-central Missouri. With flooding so far has one child reported killed and a woman missing in flooding areas that has forced the closure. Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the deployment of 50 military policemen of the National Guard to help local authorities dealing with flooding. ... read more >>
EPA Releases tool to estimate runoff based on soil conditions and rainfall records to estimate annual rainfall and runoff for any location in the US ... read more >>
China’s water is vanishing, and it is reportedly not linked solely to evaporation. The country claimed to hold an estimated 50,000 rivers within its borders. Now, more than half of them have abruptly disappeared.
“The study shows that since the 1950s at least one thousand rivers have been disappearing from China’s landscape every year. Half of the rivers gone were over 60 square miles in volume ... read more >>
Marine life is reacting to global climate change faster than land-dwelling species, according to a new three year study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change. The researchers said their findings show that the distribution of marine life is being re-arranged as the oceans get warmer. The research team includes 19 scientists from Australia, the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe and S ... read more >>
Groundwater is one of California’s most ubiquitous, widely used resources that is unseen and misunderstood. Aquifers gather and store water and contaminants from large areas over decades to eons to support many human and ecosystem functions. We must manage groundwater wisely.
Groundwater is important to California in many ways. Roughly 30 percent of water deliveries in California come direct ... read more >>
Many homeowners' have noticed that FEMA's floodplain maps have being using outdated data. The data normally affects more than 5.5 million Americans who pay for flood insurance coverage. FEMA using Lidar have been providing more accurate data than older methods. But due to expenses FEMA state insufficent funding to update more accurate flood plan maps. ... read more >>
A new report projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range -- and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world.
The findings by scientists at Oregon State University, which are based on a projected 3.6 degree ... read more >>