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  • Drought and water overuse in Europe

    From golf courses to books, olive oil to vaccinations, all the goods and services that we rely on, together with many of our daily activities, require a vital resource: water. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that in many parts of Europe water use is unsustainable and provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The EEA report 'Water ...

  • India drought forces water policy

    A record heat wave and growing water crisis in India are forcing politicians to consider implementing user fees and other measures to conserve water. The Green Energy Foundation estimates that harvested rainwater could provide up to 21% of the city of Pune"s needs. During the last few weeks, record high temperatures in several areas have been blamed for dozens of deaths across the ...

  • Drought drives decade-long decline in plant growth

    NASA-funded researchers Maosheng Zhao and Steven Running, of the University of Montana in Missoula, USA, discovered the global shift during an analysis of NASA satellite data. Compared with a 6% increase spanning two earlier decades, the recent ten-year decline is slight, just 1%. The shift, however, could impact food security, biofuels, and the global carbon cycle. The discovery comes from an ...

  • In drought, water war in California fought underground

    For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew. But eventually, the water table dropped by more than 100 feet, causing some of Fresno's wells to cave in and others to slow to a trickle. The cost of replacing those wells and extracting groundwater ...


    By Associated Press

  • California City Looks to Sea for Water in Drought

    This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water. The $34 million desalination plant was fired up for only three months and mothballed after a miracle soaking of rain. As the state again grapples with historic dryness, the city nicknamed the "American Riviera" ...


    By Associated Press

  • NASA data show some African drought linked to warmer Indian Ocean

    A new study, co-funded by NASA, has identified a link between a warming Indian Ocean and less rainfall in eastern and southern Africa. Computer models and observations show a decline in rainfall, with implications for the region's food security. Rainfall in eastern Africa during the rainy season, which runs from March through May, has declined about 15 percent since the 1980s, according to ...

  • Do warming and drought have lasting effects on soil ecosystems?

    Despite the substantial impacts warming and drought can have on soil bacteria and fungi, these are not sustained if external conditions re-stabilise, a new study suggests. Small-scale experiements in five countries across Europe to show that even if warming and droughts continued for over a decade, there were no lasting effects on key properties of soils, such as growth rates, when the soils were ...

  • Future groundwater supplies are a concern for growing Illinois communities

    Population growth may be an economic boon for communities and counties, but the subsequent increased water demand could threaten the amount and quality of public water supplies available within the next few decades, according to Scott Meyer, hydrogeologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois. In fact, the ...

  • Climate chaos inflicting growing costs on US

    According to the report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, climate change is already having a direct and negative effect on the American people, impacting “water, energy, transportation, agriculture, ecosystems, and health” all across the nation. The report was issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP) as the result of research initiated during the Bush ...


    By WWF International

  • New Report: Growing Water Scarcity Presents Major Challenges

    As numerous western states are considering massive new water supply projects, a new Ceres report is suggesting caution. Citing shrinking federal funds, uncertain water demand and declining revenues to pay for the projects, the report recommends that utilities move carefully before embarking on major pipelines, reservoirs and other new infrastructure that will create financial risks for investors ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Leaders Meet to Discuss Growing Need for Climate-Resilient Health Systems

    Key policymakers and leading experts have gathered at the World Health Organizations' headquarters in Geneva to explore opportunities and threats to human health from climate change. During the conference, Ministers of Health, Environment, Energy and Development from UN Member States, senior Civil Servants, experts, UN agencies, NGOs, Chief Executives from Health ...

  • New Report: Drought-Stricken California Could Save Up to 14 Million Acre-Feet of Water; Enough to Supply All the State’s Cities Annually

    California could be saving up to 14 million acre-feet of untapped water – providing more than the amount of water used in all of California’s cities in one year – with an aggressive statewide effort to use water-saving practices, reuse water, and capture lost stormwater, according to a new analysis released today by the Pacific Institute and the Natural Resources Defense ...

  • Wetlands International commits to reduce water scarcity by restoring wetlands during Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2015

    From Saturday 26 till Tuesday 29 September the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting is taking place in New York. On Monday, September 28 Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International, a CGI member, spoke about one of the central themes ‘Water Scarcity’. With 20 percent of the world’s GDP and 36 percent of the global population located in severely water stressed ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Global leaders set to convene at World Water Week to confront growing water and food insecurity

    Over 2500 politicians, business leaders, and representatives of 200 international organisations are set to meet at the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 26-31 2012, where they will forge solutions to meet rapidly escalating demands for limited water and land from all sectors of the economy. In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, participants will meet ...

  • New seeds of hope for Nepal’s farmers

    Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26 million people are involved in agriculture. Rice is the country’s most ...


    By Climate News Network

  • New analysis shows American West heating up nearly twice as fast as rest of world

    The American West is heating up more rapidly than the rest of the world, according to a new analysis of the most recent federal government temperature figures. The news is especially bad for some of the nation’s fastest growing cities, which receive water from the drought-stricken Colorado River. The average temperature rise in the Southwest’s largest river basin was more than double the average ...

  • Middle East: Climate change and food insecurity – groundwater will be key

    In the arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa, freshwater resources are among the most limited in the world.  In the last 40 years, per capita freshwater resources have decreased by two thirds and are expected to fall even further by 2050. Yet population figures, and demand for food, are going in the opposite direction.  Food production currently uses around 85 per ...


  • Rio+20 should make sustainable land use a top priority

    World leaders must promote effective land use methods to mitigate drought, says Luc Gnacadja of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Severe droughts in Africa are a stark reminder of global unfairness. About 13 million people still struggle to have ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Report: Groundwater pumping in California has land sinking

    Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said, citing new research by NASA scientists. They said Wednesday that the data show the ground is sinking nearly two inches each month in some places, putting roads, bridges ...


    By Associated Press

  • Warnings from the past: climate change could cause food crisis

    Large investments in adaptation to climate change are required if we are to avoid a global food crisis caused by heat stress and crop failure. Researchers say historical examples of heat waves prove that rising temperatures will compromise food security. In the summer of 2003, heat waves in Western Europe resulted in more than 50,000 deaths and had widespread impacts on agriculture and food ...

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