If Las Vegas' economy is to thrive in the future, the city must take a hard look at its water usage. An increase in sustainable building practices, with a focus on water stewardship, would be a start. While resorts do their part to conserve water, the myriad of artificial lakes, fountains and swimming pools give the impression that water is being wasted extravagantly. The resorts counter that the ... read more >>
The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) was published on June 6, 2012. This United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report indicates there are major issues related to water, marine pollution and fish stocks. ... read more >>
So far this year, the U.S. is running a distinct fever, as the lower 48 states had its warmest January-to-May period on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other longstanding records have fallen as well, including the record for warmest spring, which dated back to 1910 and was smashed by 2°F, warmest 12-month period, and largest seasonal departure from ... read more >>
El Niño and La Niña are part of a climate cycle referred to as the El Niño -Southern Oscillation (ENSO). During El Niño, warmer than average sea surface temperatures occur in the Equatorial central and eastern Pacific while during La Niña, cooler than average sea surface temperatures predominate. The Southern Oscillation ("SO" in ENSO) represents the atmospheric component of the cycle in which lo ... read more >>
Terms such as "ecosystem services", "natural capital" and "green infrastructure" were being bandied about and were commonly understood. The hypothesis behind water and green growth thinking, as put forward by the Nature Conservancy in the United States and others, is that nature, if managed well, can provide a whole set of cost-effective solutions to water challenges. Our challenge is to prove th ... read more >>
Global investment in renewable energy surged to a new high last year, despite the widespread recession. But experts warned that the rate of growth was showing signs of slowing, and would need to speed up if the world's economies are to be transformed on to a low-carbon footing. Last year, investment in renewable energy reached $257bn (£165bn), a rise of 17% on the previous year. The record invest ... read more >>
The drought in northeast Indiana is hurting homeowner's yards. One local irrigation company said Sunday grass in the area is losing 1.5 inches of water a week.
As of Sunday, rainfall in northeast Indiana was six-inches below average for this time of year. The lack of rain has forced homeowners to use extra water to keep their grass looking green.
People watering their yards have seen an increa ... read more >>
An 18-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has discovered melt-glass material in a thin layer of sedimentary rock in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Syria. According to the researchers, the material -- which dates back nearly 13,000 years -- was formed at temperatures of 1,700 to 2,200 degrees Celsius (3,100 to 3,6 ... read more >>