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One-Quarter of the World’s Population Live in “Extremely” Water Stressed Areas

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Updated data produced by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct project show that 17 countries—that contain about one-quarter of the world’s population—now confront “extremely high” levels of water stress. Countries facing “extremely high” water stress are located largely in the Middle East, and include Qatar, Israel, Iran and Jordan, but also such countries as Eritrea, India and Pakistan. The extremely high …

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The Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the US (And Slowing Some, Too)

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Recent research from the US Geological Survey has determined that the water cycle has been speeding up and slowing down over parts of the United States. The intensification of the water cycle is in keeping with the expectations of climate change, sometimes called the “drought and deluge” cycle. The data compiled covered the years 1945-1974 to 1985-2014 and Because the …

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Living Sustainably: How ‘green’ is your coffee?

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Coffee is a favorite beverage of many people (including this poster), but is it a sustainable choice to make? Living Sustainably points out that it just might not be. Coffee facts from the article: The world will likely not stop drinking this wonderful treat from the food gods, but you might want to consider cutting down a little bit, never …

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U.S. Breaks Wettest 12-Month Record Again, With Consequences

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The contiguous United States experienced the wettest 12-month period ever recorded, finds the latest report from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. According to NOAA, the average precipitation across the lower 48 states for July 2018 to June 2019 was 37.86 inches, which is 7.90 inches above average and reached a historic high. The earlier all-time 12-month record was 37.72 …

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Three Food Waste Facts Everyone Needs to Know

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Food waste causes just as much damage to our planet as plastic waste. Wasting food also wastes all the resources like water and energy that it took to grow and make that food. Here are three key food waste facts: Food that’s thrown away and ends up in landfill breaks down and releases methane. The majority of food waste comes …

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Who Owns Groundwater? Lawsuit Seeks to Answer the Question

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A group of agricultural business owners is pushing back on restrictions to their water use from the Las Posas Groundwater Basin. The Ventura County, California case is challenging the amount of water farm owners can pump from a groundwater basin that sits below Moorpark, California. The suit claims that the entity that oversees groundwater basins in the area, Fox Groundwater …

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Many Water Cycle Diagrams Promote Misconceptions

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As school kids, we all learned about how the water cycle works – water falls from the sky as rain where it either runs into surface water bodies or infiltrates into groundwater. Wash rinse, repeat. New research has shown that the majority of water cycle diagrams are flawed, which is bad news for students, educators and policy makers who rely …

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During Fracking Boom, Oil and Gas Industry Seeks to Reduce Water — and Wastewater — Impacts

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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has delivered an oil and gas boom to parts of the United States with large shale plays.  It’s now axiomatic that wherever fracking goes, an increase in water use and wastewater follow. The arid lands of New Mexico’s Permian Basin, for instance, has witnessed the exponential increase in water use and production of wastewater along with hydrocarbon …