Archive for November, 2023

Tensions Bubbling At Thirsty Arizona Alfalfa Farms Owned By Foreign Firms

Via National Post, an article on the continued tensions bubbling up at thirsty Arizona alfalfa farms as foreign firms exploit unregulated water: A blanket of bright green alfalfa spreads across western Arizona’s McMullen Valley, ringed by rolling mountains and warmed by the hot desert sun. Matthew Hancock’s family has used groundwater to grow forage crops […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Gargantuan Mission to Clean the Ganges River

Via Wired, an article on India’s efforts to restore the Ganges river, one of the world’s most sacred waterways—and one of its most polluted: IN THE MORNINGS in Varanasi, the air on the banks of the Ganges fills with the scent of burning bodies. On the steps of the Manikarnika ghat—the holiest of the city’s stepped riverbanks, […]

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In California, Farmers Test a Method to Sink More Water into Underground Stores

Courtesy of Inside Climate News, a look at a novel California program which reimburses landowners for replenishing groundwater, in a bid to add regularity to the state’s boom and bust water system: In recent decades, as water has grown increasingly precious, Californians have tried countless ways to find more of it and make it last […]

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A Dry Mexico Battles A Hydrocracy

Via El Pais, a look at how Mexico faces a problem of lack of water because the rules have favored little coordination, a reduced budget, as well as the concentration of water in the hands of a few: According to official figures, Mexico has never had better access to water. 96% of people have access to […]

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The Libertarian Developer Who Spent Decades Guzzling West Maui’s Water

Via Grist, a report on Peter Martin, he libertarian developer looming over West Maui’s water conflict: Just weeks after the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S. history ripped through the coastal town of L?hain?, Native Hawaiian taro farmers, environmentalists, and other residents of West Maui crowded into a narrow conference room in Honolulu for a state […]

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Lithium in Paradox: Drought Could Halt New Utah Mining Activity

Via The Land Desk, a look at how water scarcity could stop a new Utah mining rush: Myriad proposals to tap lithium deposits in southeastern Utah are progressing from the conceptual to the exploratory phases. But they are running up against a familiar obstacle in these arid parts: concern about how the projects might affect diminishing […]

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