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The Hidden Water Crisis

Philippe Joubert | Posted 04.07.2016 | Green
Philippe Joubert

The impact on the water energy nexus is immediate; just one example is low water levels in West Bengal forcing the National Thermal Power Corporation's Farraka coal-fired plant to be shut down, causing severe outages.

How Much Value Can Groundwater Banking Deliver?

GreenBiz Group | Posted 03.25.2016 | Business
GreenBiz Group

In California's famous water wars, who controls what water and where has been material for Hollywood movies.

Loophole In California Water Laws Could Open Way For Bottling Plant Despite Drought

Water Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics

Is a bottling company about to get unlimited groundwater when locals have been conserving during the drought? Some residents of Mount Shasta City are ...

The Most Important Water Stories of 2015

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 02.07.2016 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The year 2015 saw more than its fair share of extreme hydrologic events, both ruinous floods and severe drought. In the United States, attention remained focused on California, which is suffering the worst four-year drought on record.

How Federal Policies Are Eroding The San Joaquin Valley Floor

Water Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has supported additional groundwater extraction in the San Joaquin Valley, where aquifer depletion is already damaging ...

Breaking Western Water Taboos

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

For public agencies, the drought has highlighted how unprepared the region is for growing pressures from population growth and from climate change, which has already been implicated in worsening the severity of the drought.

Sustainable Water: Raising the Level of Water Literacy

Jonah Raskin | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

"We have a long way to go," Lassiter says. "But we can make substantial changes. We can even persuade home owners to give up their lawns, which are English imports and not really appropriate to a semi-arid climate like California."

Parts of Drought-Stricken California Are Sinking

XPRIZE | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

As the state thirstily sucks groundwater from underground aquifers, especially to keep its massive agriculture industry operational, the people up above are feeling the ramifications and are beginning to crack -- literally -- under the pressure.

Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

The Frass Isn't Greener

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

Tempted to install artificial turf as an alternative to your water-thirsty lawn? Read this piece by Lisa Cahill, TreePeople's Director of Sustainable ...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Defends Forthcoming Fracking Study, Says It Will 'Add To' Dialogue

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a much-anticipated draft study this spring that will examine whether hydrauli...

Lawns: It's Time to Rethink This Property Right in Southern California

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For years, I've maintained that education, not government-sanctioned coercion, would be the best way to help us live within our water means. I don't believe that now.

The California Water Bond is a Beginning, Not an End: Here's What's Next

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

California voters have approved Proposition 1 -- the 2014 California Water Bond. The ultimate value and effectiveness of the bond will depend on how it is implemented and how the funds are spent. Here are some key issues to watch, things to understand about the new water bond, and recommendations:

Restoring Long Island's Water

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 12.06.2014 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

It's our health, our environment, and our economy that is at risk. Our elected officials should be prepared to stand up for us.

An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I'm sure that because of what I've allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor.

Threats to the Southern Hills Aquifer System Grow in Louisiana

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Fracking companies claim that drilling, when done properly, is no threat to drinking water. But in late 2011, the EPA said fluids used to drill for natural gas most likely polluted an aquifer near Pavillion, Wyoming.

Coping With California's Water Future Will Require a Sea Change in Perspective

Jay Famiglietti | Posted 06.07.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Famiglietti

While the relative merits of several important water plans are being actively written and debated, it is abundantly clear that the key to making any of them a success is that we must change the way we view water in California.

While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The problem in California isn't environmental safeguards. It isn't a dearth of storage capacity. It's a lack of rain. Sacrificing the Bay-Delta ecosystem and building more canals and reservoirs won't usher in the rain clouds or create more water.

California Must Look Beneath the Surface to Solve Water Woes

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

If we don't start managing our groundwater, we will be trying to fill a tub with a hole in it. All of our other actions and investments won't fix the problem. We need to do more than hope for more rain.

ExxonMobil Won't Admit Baton Rouge Plants Had Safety Violations

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by Louisiana's Dept. of Environmental Quality last August and finalized early this month, to address violations from 2008 into 2013 at its greater Baton Rouge facilities.

Rural Louisiana and Mississippi brace for accelerated Tuscaloosa drilling

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 9, 2013 edition.) North of New Orleans, ambitious drilling plans in the Tuscaloosa ...

Water and the Roots of Violent Conflict in Syria

Jay Famiglietti | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Jay Famiglietti

I am often asked these days about whether I think that the decade-long drought in Syria has played any role in the violent conflict there. My answer is always the same: absolutely.

Water: The Most Critical Asset in Your Production Strategy

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

It's the new oil, and both need to be in the business mix.

Water in a Changing Climate: Challenges, The New Blue Economy and the Role of Modern Business

Jay Famiglietti | Posted 07.12.2013 | Green
Jay Famiglietti

The global water crisis is real. It poses significant, quantifiable threats to all aspects of business. Clearly, the private sector needs the best information currently available for sound planning and for sustainable operations and management.

NYC Suspends Funds for Water Monitoring

Robin Madel | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Robin Madel

Taking away the ability to understand current groundwater conditions in areas prone to flooding problems seems counterproductive to providing remedies for the problems.