China recently announced a plan to invest $10 billion to divert water to the country’s cities. This is on top of $22 billion already spent. But are these water diversion projects a good idea?
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As our world’s population surpasses 7 billion, we are beginning to use fresh water faster than our rate of population growth.
We’ve talked here before about how hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” threatens clean drinking water, but fracking also requires quite a bit of water to execute. In drought-stricken Texas, local water districts are starting to restrict natural gas companies’ fracking operations because of the strain it puts on the water supply.
In a huge win for water rights, Mexico has officially acknowledged the human right to water in the Mexican Constitution!
As our world population skyrockets, the question of whether we’ll have enough water to support the agriculture needed to feed the world is a huge one. A recent study has some good news!
Robert Glennon is the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It. I’m sure the whole book is a good read, but for a snapshot of some of the biggest water issues we face today, here are some of Glennon’s thoughts supplemented with a little additional research of my own.
We know that the world is covered in water. Continents are like large islands in the planet’s much more expansive oceans. 75% of the Earth is covered in water. Yet access to clean, fresh drinking water is a major world concern. An infograph I ran across on world water day helps to show, in a […]
The drought that has affected Western Australia since the 1960’s now appears to be linked in a new kind of “precipitation see-saw” effect with a correspondingly higher snowfall in East Antarctica during the same 40 years, according to two scientists who just published the findings in the journal Nature Geoscience this weekend.
NASA satellites are returning some disturbing news about the state of the earth’s groundwater. Two GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellites are reporting data based on small monthly changes in Earth’s gravity field that are chiefly caused by water movement across the Earth’s water stores. The two GRACE satellites are the only satellites capable […]
Water shortages in the southeastern U.S. during the last two years were due to the skyrocketing population growth in the area, not just the drought, says a new study from Columbia University researchers. Some state’s populations, such as Georgia’s, jumped almost 50% in only 17 years, putting pressure on local water supplies and increasing the […]
It’s marijuana harvest time in northern California, and the air is strongly pungent with skunk smelling scents. It is also the time of year when many rural residents are anxiously awaiting the rainy season, as they are living without water after the arid summer months. Is there a connection between dwindling water supplies and illegal […]
The BBC has reported that twenty million residents of Mumbai, India’s largest city, are facing an acute water shortage, that is perhaps the worst since 1966 when the city’s municipal authorities had an evacuation plan in place for affected people.