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Saudi Arabian-Owned Food Company Buys Plenty of California’s Scarce Water

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For years, Saudi Arabian-owned agriculture company, Almarai, has been buying up California land – along with its precious Colorado River water rights – to grow and ship alfalfa back to the Kingdom as dairy cow feed. Because water scarcity is a significant issue in California, some people are concerned with the trade in water-intensive goods, like alfalfa, which is essentially …

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The Little-Known Report with Potentially Big Consequences

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Each month, the Bureau of Reclamation releases the 24-Month Study that predicts water supplies on the Colorado River for the next 24 months. In April and August, the Bureau makes recommendations about water levels, how much water will be released from Lake Powell and Lake Mead and whether or not a shortage will be called for the coming year. It’s …

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Canada Warming at Twice the Global Rate, Leaked Report Finds

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Canada’s Changing Climate Report, a new report commissioned by the Canadian government,  finds that since 1948, Canada’s annual average, over land temperature has increased at twice the global rate, at an average of 1.7 C. The analysis found higher rates in the North, the Prairies and northern British Columbia, with some areas increasing by 2.3 C, almost three times the global average. The warming …

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5 Easy Ways to Save Water

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Sometimes the water cycle can take a LONG time to happen and it can take hundreds or thousands of years for groundwater aquifers to recharge. That’s why it’s important to practice water conservation at all times. This article lays out 5 easy ways to save water. You can do that last one right here. [Tulsa People]

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The Hidden Facts behind Product Water Footprint

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Almost 3 billion people around the world live with with scarcity and many more live under water-stressed conditions. Water footprints can help us better understand where we’re using our water and can help us make better decisions about our purchases. As global economies improve, lifestyles and eating habits require more water consumption per person. As the population increases, this will …

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Could a Tug-of-War Between Two Central Texas Counties Leave Residents Without Drinking Water?

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In Texas, most water use goes for agriculture – about 75 percent – and the rest is split between industrial uses and drinking water. Ground water accounts for nearly a fifth of the state’s drinking water supplies yet groundwater is barely regulated. Given that set up, it’s easy to imagine the issues  groundwater users are facing as more frequent droughts …

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To Fight Toxic Algae, Lake Erie Has a Bill of Rights

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Tired of worsening toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the city of Toledo, Ohio fought back in a novel way by voting in favor of a Bill of Rights for the smallest Great Lake. The approved ballot measure requests an amendment to the Toledo city charter that asserts Lake Erie and its watershed hold the right “to exist, flourish, and …

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Unprecedented Flooding Devastated the Great Plains and Midwest. This Spring Could See More

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A huge swath of the Great Plains and Midwest have been battling floodwaters as tributaries and rivers swell and levees break apart. The combined effect of lingering snow from a blizzard and heavy rains made for a devastating effect in the Missouri River basin. The regional outlook doesn’t look rosy either. “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented …

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Everything you need to know about World Water Day

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This is an oldie but a goodie. Okay, it’s only from last year, but Mashable did such a good job of explaining the water crisis, that we’re running it again this year. Around the planet, more than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and that number is expected to rise to 3 billion by 2050.  There’s a lot that …

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Coal-Fired Power Plants Pollute the Air—and Water—New Report Finds

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Coal ash stored near coal-fired power plants is contaminating groundwater, finds a comprehensive report recently by Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. Recognizing and quantifying groundwater pollution is important because more than one-third of people in the United States rely on aquifers for water supplies at home, school and work. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal. Communities are experiencing …