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Is California Ground Zero in the War for Water?

California, facing a severe drought, is looking to assert its control of underground water resources -- that could be the first big step in what promises to be a long war over water -- and a sign for you to take notice of these investments.

Water Wars: 9 of Cali's 10 Biggest Water Wasters Are in Southern California

A new survey out from the State Water Resources Control Board—the first since emergency water conservation measures (like those $500 fines) were put into place in July—shows that this past July Californians used 7.5 percent less water overall than...

Californians cut water use 7.5% in July as drought continues

Californians have shown a quick about-face and have started cutting back on water usage in urban areas, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Tuesday.

Ronald Bailey on How to Slake California's Thirst

last weekNews : Reason

"Nature makes a drought, but Man makes a shortage." That's the trenchant slogan that the Leiden University College water resource economist David Zetland uses to sum up how bureaucratic mismanagement of supply and demand misallocates water pervasively. Show More Summary

BHP Billiton Seeks to Explore Mexico’s Deep Water Fields

BHP Billiton Ltd. is preparing to join the bidding to develop Mexico’s deep-water oil fields when the nation opens its offshore resources to foreign explorers next year. The post BHP Billiton Seeks to Explore Mexico’s Deep Water Fields appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Fracking May Face Severe Water Competition

Hydraulic fracturing companies working to develop shale gas may encounter intense competition for water, as 38 percent of the world’s shale resources are either under extremely high water stress or facing arid conditions, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute. The report ranks water stress across the 20 countries with the largest […]

Rainfall monitoring: Mobile phones are taking over

Agriculture, water resource management, drought and flood warnings, etc.: rainfall monitoring is vital in many areas. But the observation networks remain insufficient. This is not the case for antennas for mobile telephones, which cover 90% of the world's inhabited areas. Show More Summary

Lack Of Water Could Limit Oil And Gas Development In Energy-Rich Nations

Forty percent of the world’s countries with the largest shale oil and shale gas resources have arid conditions or steep competition for water. The post Lack Of Water Could Limit Oil And Gas Development In Energy-Rich Nations appeared first on ThinkProgress.

California Officials Say People Are Stealing Water Under the Cover of Night

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A fire hydrant or a spigot in a park might seem like innocuous civil courtesies, but in our drought-consumed future, they're dangerous weak spots in the infrastructure that protects our precious natural resources. Public officials in California say their water is being siphoned off illegally—and it may be indicative of a growing black market for water. Read more...

Hyatt Sets 2020 Environmental Goals

Hyatt Hotels has committed to reducing water use per guest night by 25 percent by 2020 — one of the hotel chain’s new environmental goals announced yesterday. The Hyatt 2020 Vision sets targets across three focus areas: use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire. Use Resources Thoughtfully: Hyatt says it will identify ways […]

Farmers Generate Energy from Coffee Wastewater

It is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills, according to project findings by UTZ Certified. The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project was launched by UTZ Certified in 2010 in Central America with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater […]

China Has Lost 55% Of Its Most Valuable Resource

Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California right now is suffering “extreme drought” conditions. Show More Summary

AWRA President Interviewed for Vital Voices

Press release from Marstel Day: Water at the Forefront of New Climate Change Paradigm   Clean and plentiful water is one of our most critical and most imperiled natural resources, serving as the lifeblood for both people and wildlife. Show More Summary

Your Options for Drinking Water in an Emergency

In a survival situation, clean drinking water is your most important resource. Depending on the environmental conditions and your physical activity, a person cannot safely go longer than a few days without water. If you are embarking on a household preparedness effort, water needs to be at the top of your list. Show More Summary

The Environmental Footprints of 5 Items You Use Before Breakfast

Natural resources such as water, trees, land, and minerals are the base of products we use every day. But through intense manufacturing and complex supply chains it can be difficult to picture where these products even originated and what they went through before reaching our homes. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Wins EPA Rain-Catcher Award for Chattanooga Plant

Cost-effective and sustainable, restoring or mimicking natural ecosystems, such as wetlands, is proving to be an excellent means of water resource management and stewardship. Recognizing excellence in the field, the EPA awarded its first Region 4 Rain Catcher Award, Commercial Category to VW of America.

Thirsty Moose Drops to His Knees To Help Himself to Water from a Utah Sprinkler

3 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

The cameras of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources captured a very thirsty moose dropping to his knees to help himself to a stream of water from a sprinkler at Bear Lake State Park. via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

Drought: Environmentalists, Agencies, Landowners Fight over Water Rights

Three years of severe drought is causing water shortfalls for the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Consequently, they are accusing farmers and landowners from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of illegally taking water which was allocated for consumers in other parts of the state. Show More Summary

The Longest River In The U.S. Is Being Altered By Climate Change

The river provides crucial resources to agriculture, tourism and water supplies along its route. The post The Longest River In The U.S. Is Being Altered By Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

ADWR land subsidence report released

The Arizona Dept. of Water Resources has released its second report on statewide monitoring of land subsidence. "Land Subsidence Monitoring Report 2" is online for free viewing and downloading. [Right, index maps of active land subsidence...Show More Summary

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