Archive for May, 2015

During California’s Drought, It Is Time To Move Beyond Agriculture Versus Cities

Via the Los Angeles Times, an interesting OpEd piece on the California water crisis and the need – during such a challenging time – to look for collective solutions versus divisive politics: At this point, just about every Californian with a pulse knows that agriculture uses 80% of the state’s water, and cities 20%. This […]

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114 US, Canadian Cities Sign On To Rehabilitating The Jordan River

Via the Jerusalem Post, a report on an innnovative agreement to rehabilitate the endangered Jordan River, a waterbody long embroiled in regional politics: The mayors of 114 American and Canadian Great Lakes cities signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to take part in efforts to rehabilitate the Jordan River. Led by EcoPeace: Middle East (formerly Friends of […]

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Sao Paulo: A “Green” Drought Perception Impedes Government Action

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how transparency , accountability, and civic participation are key to improving Sao Paulo’s water security: Sao Paulo is a paradox of water scarcity and abundance. Brazil’s largest city, located in a region that averages 25 more inches of rain each year than Seattle, is gripped by […]

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Jordan, Saudi Arabia Sign Deal To Protect Shared Aquifer

Via Zawya, a report on a recent Middle East agreement over a shared aquifer: Jordan and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement governing “sound management and protection of the shared Disi aquifer”, which supplies the capital and other governorates with a quarter of their water needs, according to government officials. Minister of Water and Irrigation […]

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The End Of California?

Courtesy of the New York Times, commentary on California’s drought: A buoy stuck on the bottom of a bone-dry Lake McSwain. IN a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings […]

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Harnessing The Mekong Or Killing It?

Courtesy of National Geographic, a detailed look at the impact that dams rising all along the Mekong have upon the people and environment in the region: Pumee Boontom lives in northern Thailand, but he tunes his television to the Chinese weather forecast. A big storm in southern China means a big release of water from […]

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