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Reducing Your Carbon — and Water — Footprint Still Matters

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In recent weeks, a number of environmentally minded political pundits have stated that voting for enlightened politicians is the sole way to change direction and policy towards a more sustainable society, particularly when it comes to climate action. In a Slate article, two social psychology researchers review the science and show that norm changes — like reducing one’s carbon footprint …

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Projected Changes in Persistent Extreme Summer Weather Events: The Role of Quasi-Resonant Amplification

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Warming in the Arctic is changing how the jet stream functions, and as a result, weather is getting more extreme, as the world witnessed in 2018. An international group of researchers found that increased warming caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has constrained the action of jet stream winds which has increased the frequency of heat waves that …

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The Precarious Plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline

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Gabriel Lozada, a theoretical mathematician at the University of Utah and a pro bono consultant for the Utah Rivers Council, suspected that government officials were overstating the benefits and ignoring potential costs of a water supply pipeline that would take water Colorado River out of Lake Powell to southern Utah. So Lozada built a mathematical model of possible economic impacts …

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Scientists Identify Global Water Hotspots And Recommend Cooperative Resolution

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Scientists at the European Union’s Joint Research Centre completed a study that identified potential zones of freshwater conflict and developed strategies to boost cooperation between affected countries. Because competition over limited water resources remains a chief concern that can create and worsen political tensions, instability and societal unrest, attention to such factors as climate change and demographics loom large. The …

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Massive Scale Evaporative Water Losses from Irrigation

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A new study evaluating evapotranspiration trends in California published in Water Resources Research by Szilagyi and Jozsa used a modeling approach called “the complementary relationship of evaporation,” which predicts evapotranspiration without needing detailed information on the Earth’s surface using observations of the humidity of the lower atmosphere. The study demonstrated that irrigated regions had sustained or increasing evapotranspiration during a …

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Pollution From Three Quarters of Large Slaughterhouses Violate Clean Water Act

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A new report found that 75 percent of large US slaughterhouses broke the federal Clean Water Act by overstepping water pollution limits issued in their state permits at least once between January 2016 to June 30, 2018, according to Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). EIP scoured EPA and state records for those pertaining to the 98 largest slaughterhouses that discharge waste …

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Why People Aren’t Motivated to Address Climate Change

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People will go out of their way to avoid threats to their existence, but not climate change, which, let’s face it, is starting to threaten a lot of people. Change involves a combination of factors that make it hard for people to get motivated: It’s probably this and more for many people, but we’re running out of time to make …

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Larger Cities Have Smaller Water Footprint Than Less Populated Counterparts

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Researchers analyzed the water footprint of 65 mid- to large-sized US cities. They analyzed agricultural, livestock and industrial commodity flows using data from the USDA, USGS and the USDOT, then used these values to calculate an overall water footprint for each city. According to Caitlin Grady, one of the study’s authors, “We looked at the overall picture of water consumption…Not just the …