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That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas

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In case we need another example of the disturbing ramifications of extreme drought for our future water security, we can look to recent news out of northwest Texas.
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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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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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Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way

Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have warned.
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World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America

World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Efforts endanger access to and pricing of life’s most precious resource
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"In the decades since the IFC’s initial push, we have seen the results of water privatization: It doesn’t work. Water is not like telecommunications or transportation. You could tolerate crappy phone service, but have faulty pipes connecting to your municipal water and you’re in real trouble. Water is exceptional."

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S. (California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses And Even Schools.
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Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
President Hassan Rouhani has identified water as a national security issue, and nowhere is the crisis more pronounced than at Lake Urmia, once one of the largest salt lakes in the world.
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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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Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually abundant supplies run dry (#Brazil #drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions http://t.co/CSBzpoFSXK)...
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Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ...

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ... | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major ...
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Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post

Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill Huffington Post "Immediately following West Virginia American Water's DO NOT USE order on January 9, I began working with the West Virginia National Guard...
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