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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 …

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Virtual Water Export Virtually Dries Pakistan

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Pakistan is faced with increasingly limited access to water. The country is already categorized as “extremely highly-water-stressed country” by the Water Resources Institute because it withdraws nearly 80% of its available water supply each year. This unsustainable water use, coupled with predicted declines in water flows in the Indus river system, make for an uncertain and thirsty future for Pakistan. …

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Students Create Virtual Pop-up Thrift Shop on Instagram

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Two juniors at Ithaca College – Emma Zarabet and Samantha Marks – have turned their love of thrift store shopping into a temporary online business. The sartorial students took their favorite past time – they go thrifting every Thursday – and their lack of closet space to the online world and opened up a pop-up Instagram shop. The move allows …

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New Data Tool Maps US Food, Energy and Water Resources

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A new tool maps the journey of food, energy an water resources in every region throughout the United States in an effort to help to make the systems that deliver these goods and services more accessible and resilient. The tool, called FEW-View, is part of the larger FEWSION nexus system research project based in Northern Arizona University, with support from …

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Are Your Jeans Creating an Eco Disaster?

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The fashion industry has a high water footprint, especially denim manufacturers. Creating that nice distressed blue jeans look everybody wants is water intensive and poisonous. First, there is heavy water use to irrigate cotton, which is also one of the most pesticide-heavy crops. Then, to get that lived-in look, the fabric is put through several chemical-intensive washes. Those chemicals include …

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The Beauty Industry Generates a lot of Plastic Waste

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Most beauty and personal care products come in plastic, are typically sealed in plastic and are often wrapped in plastic packaging. Much of that plastic is unrecyclable, which is significant because, globally, the personal care products is a $500 billion industry. In the US, it’s a whopping $90 billion behemoth that encourages us all to constantly buy the latest and …

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Concentrations of Pharmaceuticals in Freshwater Increasingly Globally

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A new study out of the Netherlands published in the journal Environmental Research Letters evaluated the risk of ecological damage from pharmaceutical residue in freshwater ecosystems. Concentrations of two pharmaceuticals — carbamazepine, an anti-seizure drug and ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic — were determined based on a series of models and evaluated for their aquatics risks. The risks were found to be 10 to 20 times …

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US Irrigation Continues Steady Eastward Expansion

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New USDA soil shows an increase in the number of irrigated acres in the Eastern US.  A record-high 58 million acres were irrigated in 2017, representing a 4 percent increase from 2012. Irrigated acreage increased in all Midwestern and most of the southern states, but perhaps most surprising, was that a full 29 percent of  irrigated states were in the humid …

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How to Save Water at Home, in the Garden and on the Farm

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It makes sense that people in drier regions should be water conscious, but why should people in wetter areas care? Regardless of where people live, water stress can become a reality because of urban and agricultural development, episodic drought conditions, changing climate conditions and even water contamination. Those who are more DIY, who are more self-sufficient or who grow their …

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What Climate Models Get Wrong About Future Water Availability

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As the climate changes and the Earth warms, predicting future water availability will become increasingly  challenging. Enter the climate model. It’s hard to predict how the future will look when the data from the past doesn’t look anything like conditions we see in the present, especially when we know what extremes the future holds. Still, water managers have to plan …