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Why drought is a dirty word in Alberta

Why drought is a dirty word in Alberta | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The devil is commonly known to be in the details, but in Alberta it's in the drought — the word drought that is.
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"I have not experienced the fact that people are uncomfortable using that word," Blade said. "But it probably does have some financial implications."

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Jobs, land languish in California drought in race for water

In the four years since the drought in California began, the lack of water has cost thousands of jobs, caused noticeable changes in the landscape and induced ...
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Thai Drought Pits Army Against Farmers Over Water Curbs - Bloomberg Business - Bloomberg

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Bloomberg Thai Drought Pits Army Against Farmers Over Water Curbs - Bloomberg Business Bloomberg Soldiers patrol the canal to stop unauthorized pumping -- part of water rationing in almost a third of Thailand's 76 provinces as an El Nino-fueled...
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California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water ... - San Jose Mercury News

California drought: Tom Selleck out of hot water, nudists in deep as water ... - San Jose Mercury News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Allegations of water thievery are cropping up across California, as wells and creeks run dry in a punishing drought now in its fourth summer.
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Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought

Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite California's drought, Richard and Danna Jones' cattle grazing pasture has stayed green thanks to water flowing free from a gulch claimed by his grandfather in 1911.
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Drought versus dollars: California's wealthiest balk at water restrictions ... - Christian Science Monitor

Drought versus dollars: California's wealthiest balk at water restrictions ... - Christian Science Monitor | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As water restrictions tighten in the face of California's ongoing drought, wealthy communities resist letting their lawns go brown.
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For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
To ease its drought woes, a California metropolis is hoping to turn the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water with a $1 billion desalination plant.
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Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com

Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As California continues to endure its historic drought, a huge water district in the southern part of the state is offering to pay what is thought to be its ...
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Washington state governor declares drought emergency

Washington state governor declares drought emergency | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across three regions including key agricultural hubs of the U.S.
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As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee

As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has agreed to spend up to $71 million to buy water from a cluster of irrigation districts north of Sacramento.
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The deal also shows how severe the drought has become. A year ago, some of the same Sacramento Valley water districts shipped some of their water south at what seemed like an exorbitant price: $500 an acre-foot.

This year’s transaction will make 2014 look like a steal. Metropolitan and the others are paying $700 an acre-foot. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons, roughly a year’s supply for two Southern California households.

 
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Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water

Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
"The solution is really to get the old-boy foresters club out of the business of managing our headwaters and create a headwaters conservation authority," says conservationist Kevin Van Tighem. "If ...
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If you thought the PC government has managed your money poorly, you don't want to contemplate how they are managing your water.

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Poor Chinese provinces are being forced to send their water to wealthier regions - Quartz

Poor Chinese provinces are being forced to send their water to wealthier regions - Quartz | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
China's solutions for its water scarcity problems aren't working out so well.
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California drought forces agency to rethink West’s water system

California drought forces agency to rethink West’s water system | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As snow disappears, experts say the Bureau of Reclamation — created in 1902 — must completely rebuild a 20th-century infrastructure so that it can efficiently conserve and distribute water in a 21st-century warming world.
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“We have to think differently,” said Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Reclamation. “It’s not enough just to conserve water. We need to rethink these projects. We have a lot of infrastructure, but a lot of it doesn’t work very well anymore. We need to undertake what amounts to a giant re-plumbing project across the West.”

 

Connor said that in the future, the nation’s water agency would have to put climate change at the center of its mission.

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AmCan proposes drought surcharge for water customers - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register

AmCan proposes drought surcharge for water customers - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
AMERICAN CANYON — Facing a $3 million deficit in its water budget, American Canyon could become the first city in Napa County to add a drought surcharge to local water
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Nanaimo, Parksville increase water restriction to highest level during drought ... - Vancouver Sun

Nanaimo, Parksville increase water restriction to highest level during drought ... - Vancouver Sun | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Two jurisdictions on Vancouver Island and two in the Fraser Valley have increased water restrictions, as a drought continues on the island and water levels at reservoirs begin to drop.
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Jerry Dobrovolny, acting general manager of engineering at the City of Vancouver, expressed concern Thursday.

“Our water reserves are depleting much faster than normal,” he said, speaking on the parched yellowing lawn at City Hall. “I don’t want to create an alarm, but this is serious.”

 

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In Face Of Drought, Golf Tries To Reduce Water Use | Inside Science

In Face Of Drought, Golf Tries To Reduce Water Use | Inside Science | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Grasses that survive on salty water and smart irrigation systems are among many new golf innovations.
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Water thieves are on the rise in drought-stricken California - SFGate (blog)

Water thieves are on the rise in drought-stricken California - SFGate (blog) | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As California drought conditions worsen, water thieves are on the rise. One drove off with a 500-gallon water tanker in the Oakland Hills in March. The Marina Landscape tanker was resting on a trai...
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‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought

‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
'We need to get our heads together on how we manage groundwater...because we're running out of it,' one NASA scientist said
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Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category.

 

“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the studies’ principal investigator.

 

 

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For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
To ease its drought woes, a California metropolis is hoping to turn the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water with a $1 billion desalination plant.
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Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices

Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
It’s getting harder and harder to separate nature’s role in disasters from our own, and the dire water predicament confronting São Paulo, Brazil, is no exception. But as with the ongoing drought in...
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Some São Paulo residents have gone without tap water for days at a time. Others have fled the city, creating a new brand of “water refugees.”

As Brazil gears up to host the 2016 summer Olympics, businesses are suffering from the lack of water. Economists say the drought could shave 2% off of Brazil’s GDP.

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Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe

Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Summer storms over Europe have become weaker and less frequent over the past few decades, but if this trend continues it is likely to lead to more intense heatwaves and droughts according to climate scientists.
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NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.

 

In an op-ed published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, painted a dire picture of the state's water crisis. California, he writes, has lost around 12 million acre-feet of stored water every year since 2011. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins, the combined water sources of snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil water and groundwater amounted to a volume that was 34 million acre-feet below normal levels in 2014. And there is no relief in sight.

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Yes, you read that right.

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Steam Machine Turns Poop into Clean Drinking Water - Live Science

Steam Machine Turns Poop into Clean Drinking Water - Live Science | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Bill Gates wants to turn your poop into clean drinking water, and he's got just the machine to do it.
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California still needs a ridiculous amount of rain to end its drought

The recent storms have barely made a dent in the state's dry spell.
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