Other News: Influx of Syrian refugees stretches Jordan's water resources
Influx of Syrian refugees stretches Jordan's water resources
The Washington Post - 2013-06-17
Syrian refugees use 35 liters per day, six times as much water as Jordanians an official says.
In Asia's waters, an assertive China means long-lasting disputes
The Washington Post - 2013-06-09
With good maps the story focuses on islands the Japanese call Senkaku but that Chinese call Diaoyu but describes the ongoing dispute over maritime boundaries and possessions.
Irrigation Subsidies Leading to More Water Use
NYTimes.com - 2013-06-07
Studies show sometimes that farmers use subsidies to expand production rather than to conserve water.
Ghana Arrests Chinese in Gold Mining Regions
NYTimes.com - 2013-06-07
Many Chinese are overstaying visas, denuding the land with small illegal gold mines and polluting water.
Hydrofracking Could Strain Western Water Resources, Study Finds
NYTimes.com - 2013-05-02
From the Ceres report: "Nearly half of 25,450 oil and gas wells evaluated in U.S. are in water basins with high and extremely high water stress; industry’s future growth depends on accelerating solutions such as more water recycling, better water management planning"
28,000 Rivers Disappeared in China: What Happened?
The Atlantic - 2013-05-01
The loss equals the basin area of the Mississippi River.
Bitter Battle Over Water Rights on Montana Reservation
NYTimes.com - 2013-04-22
Protecting Water from Oil Sands Operations: Legacy of Broken Promises
The Energy Collective - 2013-04-01
Exxon oil spill cleanup ongoing in Arkansas, pipeline shut
Reuters - 2013-04-01
As of noon Monday (two full days after the spill) 12,000 barrels of oil and water had been recovered. Pipeline operator Exxon did not give an exact estimate of the level of the spill and has yet to begin its investigative excavation to discover the cause of the spill From the Web site: 'The Exxon pipeline was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude at the time of the leak, a bitumen oil from the massive Pelican Lake field in northern Alberta.'
In Africa, corruption dirties the water
IRIN - 2013-03-14
From the Web site: "According to the World Bank, 20 to 40 percent of public finances worldwide meant for the water sector are lost due to corruption and dishonest practices." In Africa, 343 million people do not have access to improved water supplies.
Iceland Weighs Exporting the Power Bubbling From Below
NYTimes.com - 2013-02-21
A large underwater cable could take electricity to Europe. But environmentalists warn that Iceland's extraction process would release hydrogen sulfide and risk earthquakes.
Chesapeake Opens Drill Site to EPA Fracking Study
WSJ.com - 2013-01-24
Chesapeake will permit the EPA to study a fracking site. The EPA will study other sites where water contamination has been reported.
Keystone Pipeline Route Approved by Nebraska Governor
NYTimes.com - 2013-01-23
Nebraska's governor said the new route skirts the Nebraska Sand Hill and asks President Obama to approve it as well. The NYT story is accompanied by a map of the original route, the revision and the locations of the Nebraska Sand Hills and the Platte River.
Rising sea levels will put Seattle neighborhoods under water
SeattlePI.com - 2013-01-14
By 2050 sea level rise can put important parts of Seattle under water. In addition to residential neighborhoods, such as Alpine Point, vital economic areas, such as Harbor Island with its sea freight capacity, could be deluged.
Mission 2012 : Clean Water
Has maps of the aquifers in the United States
On a Wyoming ranch, feds sacrifice water for uranium
ProPublica - 2012-12-30
A Wyoming ranch feels the effects of using deep aquifers as toxic mineral dumps. The EPA has granted over 1,500 aquifer exemptions for this type of dumping.
Little Oversight for Enbridge Pipeline Route that Skirts Lake Michigan
InsideClimate News - 2012-12-27
Enbridge pipeline 6B would carry 21 million gallons of oil per day within 11 miles of Lake Michigan with little impact. The article has two good maps showing the pipeline, the lake and the population centers affected.
Drought Threatens Shipping on Mississippi River
NYTimes.com - 2012-12-23
Upstream states are fighting a request from downstream states to release more water to improve navigation.
U.S., Mexico reach pact on Colorado River water sale
Latimes.com - 2012-11-20
The U.S. will buy 100,000 acre feet of water from Mexico and will pay $10 million to restore irrigation canals in Mexico. The water will be divided among Southern California, Central Arizona and Southern Nevada.
Federal Flood Insurance Program Faces New Stress
NYTimes.com - 2012-11-13
A program that insures 5.7 million homes near coasts and rivers is under financial threat from high payouts due to major storms and low premiums due to politics.
Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85 million for soldiers' illness
The Clarion-Ledger - 2012-11-02
Kellogg, Brown and Root were found guilty of negligence in a lawsuit brought by soldiers who grew ill after being exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a water plant.
Assessing Damage From Hurricane Sandy - Graphic
NYTimes.com - 2012-10-31
The New York Times blogs a series of maps showing evacuation zones around wastewater treatment plants, affected subways and other ramifications of Sandy. It includes a map of power failures along the Eastern Seaboard.
New York Mops Up as Sandy's Floods Recede, Deaths Climb
Bloomberg - 2012-10-31
New York, which has seen its normal water levels rise by 4 to 6 inches since 1960, suffered severe flooding when Sandy passed through on Monday, Oct 30. About a dozen transit tunnels, mostly subways, were flooded and officials anticipated that it would take days to restore service.
Did Climate Change Supersize Hurricane Sandy?
Mother Jones - 2012-10-29
More moisture in the atmosphere, rising sea levels and warmer sea surfaces are effects of climate change that are contributing to the force of Hurricane Sandy.
Opinion divided in South Sudan over plan for world's largest canal
- AJW by The Asahi Shimbun - 2012-10-28
US Drought Weighed on GDP - Could Have Been +2.4%
Forex Crunch - 2012-10-26
Oil in new Gulf slick matches that of 2010 spill
The Washington Post - 2012-10-11
Time for West Texas to Face Long-Term Water Needs
NYTimes.com - 2012-10-07
A weak El Nino in the fall of 2012 might reduce badly needed rainfall in southern Texas.
Geopolitics, resources put maritime disputes back on map
Reuters - 2012-10-01
Severe water shortage in South Sudan camps: Red Cross
Ahram Online - 2012-09-20
Teck Resources Admits It Polluted Columbia River in US
Environmental Leader - 2012-09-17
Sediment behind a dam threatens to undermine Chesapeake Bay cleanup
The Washington Post - 2012-09-16
Why our groundwater aquifers are heading towards bankruptcy
The Guardian - 2012-09-09
From the site: "Recently, studies have shown that 20% of irrigated agriculture, which produces 40% of our food, is reliant upon aquifers with falling water levels."
Pemex Finally Strikes Oil in Deep Waters
NYtimes.com - 2012-08-30
California Farmers Fear Impact of Water Distribution Plan
Nytimes.com - 2012-08-12
City in Philippines Known for Shoes Is Up to Its Knees in Water
NYTimes.com - 2012-08-10
China dives into North Sea waters
BBC News - 2012-07-24
Millions Without Power in North India, Water May Be Next
NYTimes.com - 2012-07-30
Water Risk Atlas looks at areas most likely to face shortages
Reuters - 2012-07-26
Peru gold, copper mining opposition intensifies
Marketwatch - 2012-07-26
Some say that the Minas Conga coper and gold mine in the Cajamarca region of Peru will deplete and despoil water resources.
Europe Heat Wave Wilting Corn Adds to U.S. Drought
Bloomberg - 2012-07-24
Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries
BBC News - 2012-07-21
Exceptional drought area worsens in Arkansas
CBS News - 2012-07-20
In Egypt's Sinai desert, Islamic militants gaining new foothold
The Washington Post - 2012-07-13
Rain to fall on parched Midwest by end of week: forecasters
chicagotribune.com - 2012-07-11
Alabama loses second round in Water Wars case
al.com - 2012-07-10
Traffic in Sri Lanka's Waters Threatens Blue Whales -
NYTimes.com - 2012-07-06
Allentown's Trout Creek showing off repairs
Allentown Morning Call - 2012-06-30
Iraq seeks firms to manage multi-billion oilfield water injection project
Reuters - 2012-05-14
Officials warn lack of rain leading to drought
The Times-Tribune - 2012-04-18
Lack of snow, rain, prompt Pa. drought concerns
The Ithaca Journal - 2012-04-18
Rationing ahead unless UK gets rain
Telegraph - 2012-04-07
East Africa: Greater Food Insecurity Forecast
allAfrica.com - 2012-04-05
GlobalResourcesNews stories on the search term: water
Links for the search term: water
Ethiopia dam proposal and the Nile River, its drainage area and tributaries
Plans to establish a new dam causes concerns downstream in Egypt
Cross-sector analysis of the impacts of climate change
Abstracts of presenters at the May 2013 International Conference on Climate Change Effects in Postsdam.
Risk of ecosystem shift under climate change, a multi-model analysis, Lila Warszawski, Germany
Assessing simulations of climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, Tim Rademacher, UK
Statistical evaluation of uncertainties in future projection of global soil carbon dynamics relevant to sensitivities of global temperature and precipitation changes, Kazuya Nishina, Japan
Impact of future sea-level rise on global risk of coastal floods, Jochen Hinkel, Germany
Multi-model assessment of water scarcity under climate change, Jacob Schewe, Germany
Climate change and malaria: intercomparison of global malaria models, Sari Kovats, UK
Assessing agricultural risks of climate change in the 21st century in a global gridded crop model intercomparison, Cynthia Rosenzweig, USA
Crop responses to elevated CO2 concentration: How certain are we?, Delphine Deryng, UK
Comparing projections of future changes in runoff and water resources from hydrological and ecosystem models in ISI-MIP, Pete Falloon, UK
A global multi-model perspective on the potential and limitations of irrigation for climate change adaptation, Joshua Elliott, USA
Leaving the world as we know it: Hotspots of global climate change impacts, Franziska Piontek, Germany
Impact cascades of climate change, Katja Frieler, Germany
How to Power the World without Fossil Fuels
From the site: Mark Jacobson says he can run the planet solely on wind, water and solar energy. First stop: New York State
NRDC finds that 40% food waste contributes to broader problems
The National Research Defense Council found that the problem equates to $165 billion worth of waste a year and constitutes 25% of our freshwater usage. NRDC calculates the waste at 20 pounds of food per person per month.
How much water is needed in emergencies
This World Health Organization document says that minimum water needs break down as follows:
Drinking - 2.5 liters per day
Hygiene - 2.0 liters per day
Cooking - 3.0 liters per day
Hundred Year Forecast: Drought
Good long-term drought records and online mapping about drought and water availability.
NASA Global Maps of Satellite Imagery
A collection of 16 animated maps showing physical attributes of the earth, such as aerosol, carbon monoxide, land cover, fires, temperatures and water vapor.
EcoRegion of MidAtlantic
The Pennsylvania and Maryland section of EPA's designation of ecoregions
Soil Moisture Essential Climate Variable of the ESA
The important role of soil moisture for the environment and climate system is well known. Soil moisture influences hydrological and agricultural processes, runoff generation, drought development and many other processes. It also impacts on the climate system through atmospheric feedbacks. Soil moisture is a source of water for evapotranspiration over the continents, and is involved in both the water and the energy cycles. Soil moisture was recognised as an Essential Climate Variable (ECV) in 2010.
A pulpwood cord is a stack of logs four feet tall, four feet deep and eight feet long (4 x 4 x 8). 2,700 copies of an average (36 page) daily newspaper
One ton of a typical paper requires two cords of wood, but also requires 55,000 gallons of water, 102 pounds of sulfur, 350 pounds of lime, 289 pounds of clay, 1.2 tons of coal, 112 kilowatt hours of power, 20 pounds of dye and pigments and 108 pounds of starch,
Glaciers of the United States
Has information and maps about glaciers in various states, such as California, Montana and others.
The economic costs of ocean acidification and molluscs | Climate Shifts
Ocean acidification and other changes will have an economic cost of $100 billion by 2100 under business as usual emission scenarios, this report says.
Guide for water quality
Gives maximum contaminant levels (MCL's) for various pollutants.
WSJ Mapped Analysis of Types of Oil Rigs in the Gulf of Mexico
One in four deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico use the long-string design of well. This type design, used by the Deepwater Horizon, is considered riskier than liner-style well.
The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
From the Web site: "The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation began making grants in 1987-88. Over the past 15 years, we have emphasized partnerships, collaborations, and seed funding for new projects and organizations within the framework of our programs as defined by our guidelines."
The Environmental Defense Fund
From the mission statement: "Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science, Environmental Defense Fund evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair. Environmental Defense Fund believes that a sustainable environment will require economic and social systems that are equitable and just. We affirm our commitment to the environmental rights of the poor and people of color."
Map Showing Extreme Climate Change Effects
This clickable map notates the effect of a 4 degree C change in global temperature on crops, water supply, marine life and forest fires.
Chemical Nitrogen Is Exceeding the Earth's Carrying Capacity, Essay Says
The application of chemical nitrogen fertilizer is boosting the growth of invasive species in the water and on land. Of the 80 million tons of chemical fertilizer used, only 17 million is actually absorbed to the benefit of crops; the rest erodes to nourish pest plants on land or algae in the water. Both of these invasive types starve off native plants and reduce biodiversity.
EPA's List of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals, as transmitted by EarthWorks Action
Among the chemicals on the list are benzene (both by itself and as a constituent of diesel), hydrochloric acic, copper compounds, boric acid and napthalene.