“The proposal of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2013 threatens our nation’s critical drinking and clean water resources by cutting the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs—the mechanism by which the federal government dispenses funds for the upkeep of our tap water and sewerage systems).
“Specifically, the House Subcommittee’s proposed budget would cut a combined $867 million from the SRFs. It would undermine the ability of local utilities to ensure that all Americans have access to safe, clean, affordable water.
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) June 18, 2012 - Some 45 corporate chiefs attending the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development on Monday pledged to make water security a strategic priority and called for decisive action by governments.
Irrigated agriculture is rapidly depleting groundwater resources in parts of the High Plains and the Central Valley region of California, which are both critical regions for food production, according to a new study. According to the study, if...
More than 100 million women are estimated to be “missing” in developing countries in Asia due to sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, or inequality in health care and nutrition.
Development Economists and Professors at the Graduate Institute, Jean-Louis Arcand and Martina Viarengo will provide background information, analysis and insights into future trends for this phenomenon that has been occurring in Asia for several generations.
A drier 'new normal' is forcing US farmers to dig deeper wells. That affects water tables and municipal supplies, and, if climatologists are right about global warming, it could also mean more competition for less water in the future.
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 19, 2012 - An unconventional approach that involves building alliances between groups competing for limited land and water resources has the potential to dramatically increase food production, boost rural inco...
Many of the fruits and vegetables you eat come from a region that, before long could be too parched to grow anything...
The Southwest is climatically a dry region, but population pressures put an added strain on finite water resources and agricultural production typically consumes much of the world's available freshwater. This article argues that California should follow the lead of Israel and use drip irrigation to conserve water while still producing food in a dry area.
It’s no secret that with several recent years of drought, California’s groundwater supplies have come under increasing strain. But Dennis O’Connor, a water consultant with the State Senate Natural Resources and Water committee, wants to rewrite an arcane piece of California water law that, for decades, has kept documents containing information on the state’s groundwater resources under wraps.