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High Water: The Human Factor : Discovery News

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

Researchers for the first time have identified human-induced global warming as a cause of the increasing frequency of flooding across the Northern Hemisphere and they warn that climate models apparently are underestimating the trend.

Theorists have pointed to a warmer atmosphere's ability to carry more water vapor and climate model simulations have pointed to the likelihood of more "extreme pr http://news.discovery.com -

Study: Colorado water demands may dry up ag land - BusinessWeek

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

Increasing water demands could dry up more than a half million acres of agricultural land in Colorado over the next several years.

That's one of the findings of a new state report on the outlook for Colorado's water supplies to 2050. The report by the Colorado Water Conservation Board updates one released in 2004 that identified water needs to 2030.

The report says if water use follows curr http://www.businessweek.com -

China's investment on water diversion hit 115b

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

China has invested 115 billion yuan ($17.45 billion) on the South-to-North Water Diversion Project as of the end of last year, a senior official said Monday.

E Jingping, director of the Office of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project Commission (SNWDPC) of the State Council, said construction on 40 projects began last year, marking a new annual record.

No major accidents happened while http://www.chinadaily.com.cn -

Water most likely basis for complex ecosystem development

Posted By maggie in Miscellaneous

Based on what we know of life and biochemistry, it seems likely that an alien biochemistry will need a solvent (like water) and one or more elemental units for its structure and function (like carbon). Solvents are important to enable chemical reactions, as well as physically transporting materials – and in both contexts, having that solvent in its liquid phase seems vital.

We might expect tha http://www.physorg.com -

High Court Takes Up Interstate River Battle - NYTimes.com

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

The Supreme Court next week will wade into a dispute between Montana and Wyoming over water rights to two rivers that flow through both states.

Montana claims Wyoming farmers and industries are using too much water in a region where it remains a scarce resource.

At issue are the waters of the Powder and Tongue rivers, both tributaries of the Yellowstone River, which run into Montana from W http://www.nytimes.com -

What's In Your Bottled Water – Besides Water? - CommonDreams.org

Posted By maggie in Water Quality

January 5 - A survey of websites and labels of more than 170 bottled waters sold in the U.S. found only three – and only one of the top 10 domestic brands – that give customers information about the water's source, the method of purification and any chemical pollutants that remained after the water was treated, according to a new report by Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Nestlé's Pure Life http://www.commondreams.org -

N. Ireland water company to react to massive shortages - CNN.com

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

The board of the state-funded water company in Northern Ireland was preparing Friday for an emergency meeting to discuss widespread water shortages in the country.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have lost their supply after frozen pipes burst in a rapid thaw that followed record low temperatures last week.

Many customers have been without running water since Monday, but some say http://www.cnn.com -

Hexavalent Chromium: Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein Call On EPA To Enforce Limit For Chemical Found In Tap Water

Posted By maggie in Planning and Management

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have called on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public from hexavalent chromium following a report that found the carcinogen in the tap water of 31 cities across the country.

In a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Boxer, who chairs the Senate environment and public works committee, said she plans to introduce legisl http://www.huffingtonpost.com -

Report: Harmful chemical found in tap water of 31 U.S. cities - CNN.com Blogs

Posted By maggie in Water Quality

Millions of Americans in at least 31 U.S. cities could be drinking tap water contaminated with the harmful chemical hexavalent chromium, according to a report released Monday by the non-profit Environmental Working Group.

While the dangerous carcinogen, otherwise known as chromium-6, may sound foreign to most people, perhaps the name Erin Brockovich will ring a bell.

After chromium-6 was di http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com -