Archive for January, 2024

Afghanistan’s Warm Winter Triggers Warning Of Severe Drought

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on renewed fears of a severe drought in Afghanistan: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that an unseasonably dry and warm winter could have devastating consequences for Afghanistan. “Without substantial snowfall soon, the country could experience a severe drought,” the agency said on January 23, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Opens Taps On Its Newest Water Diversion Project

Via ECNS, an update on a giant project diverting water from the Xijiang River in the western part of the Pearl River to the cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan in Guangdong province: A giant project diverting water from the Xijiang River in the western part of the Pearl River to the cities of Shenzhen and […]

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California’s Most Improbable Water Project Rebrands As Crusader For Environmental Justice

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, a look at Cadiz Inc., a venture that has been trying to get a water project approved despite doubts about its financing, its water rights and its influence-peddling. Under new management, it now says it’s all about serving the disadvantaged: It’s hard to think of a California company that […]

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The World’s Essential Aquifers Are in Deep Trouble

Courtesy of Wired, an article on new research which finds that the groundwater systems that hydrate your life are in rapid, sometimes accelerating decline around the globe: The water that pours out of your tap, or that’s unnecessarily packaged in a single-use bottle, or that helped grow the produce in your fridge—all of it may well have […]

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Six U.S. States Facing The Most Serious Groundwater Crises

Via The Hill, a report on the 6 states facing the most serious groundwater crises: A heating planet and expanding commercial agriculture are putting increasing pressure on America’s vital aquifers — underground reservoirs that supply water to an estimated 145 million Americans, as well as supporting much of the nation’s food supply. New research published […]

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Agriculture Built These U.S. High Plains Towns, But Now It Might Run Them Dry

Via Stateline, an article on efforts by rural midwestern towns to keep their sole water source – the Ogalla Aquifer – intact: Brownie Wilson pulls off a remote dirt road right through a steep ditch and onto a farmer’s field. He hops out of his white Silverado pickup, mud covering nearly all of it except […]

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