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NASA hydrologist says groundwater crisis is global

Think Progress - An alarming satellite-based analysis from NASA finds that the world is depleting groundwater — the water stored unground in soil and aquifers — at an unprecedented rate.

A new Nature Climate Change piece, “The global groundwater crisis,” by James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, warns that “most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, that is, in the dry parts of the world that rely most heavily on groundwater, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.”

The groundwater at some of the world’s largest aquifers — in the U.S. High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China, India, and elsewhere — is being pumped out “at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished.”

Student led campaign to pee in the shower

Time - Two college students have come up with a plan that they say will save 720 million liters (about 187 million gallons) of water every year. Pee in the shower.

Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, two students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, started the Go with the Flow campaign to inspire the school’s 15,000 students to urinate during their morning showers instead of in the toilet, BBC reports.

“We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact,” Dobson told BBC. “With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.”

He admits movement has been “divisive,” igniting passions in the age-old debate about whether or not it’s socially acceptable to pee in the shower. Though a school spokesperson told BBC that the university supports Dobson and Torr, Dobson made a concession to the skeptics who want to keep the firm separation of church and state between where they pee and where they shampoo: “We would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part.”

DC's plastic bag fees reducing use

WTOP, DC- For the past four years, D.C. has encouraged people to forgo the usual stack of throwaway plastic bags and to instead recycle and reuse with a 5-cent tax on disposable bags.

The D.C. Department of the Environment says it's working. An employee says it is making a difference in the amount of litter in the area's rivers and streams.

The employee says 80 percent of residents are now using fewer disposable bags and 79 percent of businesses are providing fewer bags.

Groups that do stream cleanups in D.C. have reported a 60 percent reduction in the amount of plastic bags they are finding, according to the D.C. Department of the Environment.

Still, more than 50 million disposable bags go out in D.C. every year, and they bring in about $2 million, which is earmarked to clean up the Anacostia waterway

California passes law to drastically limit plastic bags

Ozone layer improves

Vox - A new UN report finds that the Earth's protective ozone layer is finally starting to recover — after efforts in the 1980s to phase out CFCs and other destructive chemicals.

Back in the 1970s, scientists first realized that we were rapidly depleting Earth's stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

The culprit? Chlorofluorocarbons — chemicals that were widely used in refrigerators and air conditioners. These chemicals had already chewed a massive "hole" in the ozone layer above Antarctica, and the damage was poised to spread further north.

Without the ozone layer's protection, more and more people would be exposed to UV rays. Skin-cancer rates in many places might have soared, as they already have in Puentas Arenas, Chile, which lies under the existing ozone hole. Those UV rays could also harm crops and the marine food chain.

Sweden's different approach to waste

EPA's massive failure to enforce environmental laws

Making buildings more sustainable

Get ready for peak minerals

Methane Emissions Rising… with No End in Sight

An alternative legal way to view the environment

Natural tourism doing well

Land sinking rapidly in California's Central Valley

America loses 80,000 acres of wetlands

More asteroid strikes likely

The canary in the global mineshaft

The greening of Greenland

Butt wipes clogging sewer systems

Why so many wildfires?

The agency that helped screw up our republic is now looking at what it can do to our planet

How eroding soils are darkening our future

Koch Brothers' role in pollution

The meaning of Manhattan's leaking gas

Reducing work hours would do the climate a big favor

Disposable chopsticks harming China's forests

Does lead cause crime?


Costa Rica takes recycling seriously

Canada considers environmental activists terrorists

Making the recycled radioactive

2012...

EPA issues new rules for fine particle pollution

Things About the Earth We're in Denial About

1,300 Acres of Wetlands Proposed for Destruction in Northeast Minnesota

Tree intercropping could save Africa's soils

6000 is the number of acres of wildlands that disappear in our country every single day.

World Bank warns of economic effect of climate change

Problems we hadn't started worrying about yet

Man wins $7 million in popcorn case

Cargo sailing ships coming back

Silent spring, summer, fall and winter

Nestle official says GMOs aren't necessary

Rio +20 notes

Corporations poisoning the earth... and our water

Protecting land and seas won't be enough; biodiversity still collapsing

Report: Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

UPPER LAYER OF ATMOSPHERE SHRANK FOR REASONS UNKNOWN

LESSONS FROM ICELAND'S VOLCANO

A YOUNG GIRL'S THOUGHTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

A FEW UNCOMFORTABLE ECO FACTS

WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF DIRT. . . AND WE NEED IT

HOW NOT TO DEAL WITH THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: MAKE IT WORSE

DIVORCE IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Animals, birds, fish & insects

Animals
 
Insects
Sea life


Birds

Air

10% of China engulfed in toxic smog

About one-third of the population lives in communities where the air does not meet federal health standards

Beijing air pollution worst on record

2013

Another approach to cleaning our air

Research finds link between air pollution & autism

Hawaii's gentle breezes are disappearing

Air pollution out of control in Beijing

2012

Federal court rules in favor of clean air action

European Union court rules U.S, planes have to pay for emissions

Gas drilling gives Wyoming worse smog than Los Angeles

Obama gives in to GOP and business on smog rules

CITIES WITH THE CLEANEST AIR

Arctic & Antarctic

See climate change

2013

Popular insecticide linked to bee deaths

Millions of bees die in California

One third of honeybee colonies died or disappeared last winter

Millions of bees found dead in Florida

Books

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. By Lester Brown. Available online 

Revisiting Silent Spring

Why your editor remembers Silent Spring

Buildings

THE IGNORED GREENNESS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

TEN MYTHS ABOUT BUILDING GREEN

Chemicals

BABIES EXPOSED TO 100 OR MORE CHEMICALS BEFORE BIRTH

Climate change

Climate change page

Coal

THE COAL SPILL THAT'S WORSE THAN EXXON VALDEZ

Corporations

Corporations staging major attack on science

Drought

See climate change

Education

TEN BEST COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS

Environmentalists

Passings: Barry Commoner

Fifty years of Silent Spring

Envronmental groups

An environmentalist has had it with the Sierra Club

ANTI-ENVIRONMENTALISTS ONLY ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF POPULATION

MAJOR ECO ORGS CORRUPTED BY CORPORATE MONEY

EPA

EPA Fails to Protect Communities from Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

CREW Calls for Investigation of Secret EPA Email Accounts

What America looked like before the EPA

A portrait of the George Washington Bridge
in 1973 shot by Chester Higgins Jr.

Evolution

Only 28% of high school biology teachers dare to stick with evolution

Extinction & species loss

2014

Species going extinct at rate unseen in tens of millions of years

One third of honeybee colonies died or disappeared last winter

Penguins disappearing

Extinction soaring in South American forests

Study: Oceans' acidity caused mass extinction

914 more species added to endangered list

Two of best known penguin species in trouble

American bumble bees in sharp decline

SPECIES DISAPPEARING AT EXTRAORDINARY RATE

ONE IN FIVE PLANT SPECIES THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

BRITISH BIRDS ON FARMS DROP BY MORE THAN HALF IN FOUR DECADES

BIG BEASTS DISAPPEARING FROM AFRICAN PARKS

SNAKES DISAPPEARING IN FIVE COUNTRIES

IT'S NOT JUST ANIMALS THAT ARE GOING EXTINCT

CELLPHONES CITED AS POSSIBLE FACTOR IN LOSS OF BEES

17% OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS IN DECLINE

BEE COLONIES DECLINE BY ONE THIRD; PESTICIDES MAIN SUSPECT

ONE IN FIVE MAMMALS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

FOR FIRST TIME, EXTINCTION OUTPACING EVOLUTION

SEVENTY PERCENT OF PLANTS, 20% OF MAMMALS, IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

OUT OF NO LITTLE ACORNS, BIG QUESTIONS GROW

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY KILL OFF KANGAROOS

FIREFLIES REPORTED DISAPPEARING

QUARTER OF WORLD'S MAMMALS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

EARTH MAY BE IN THE MIDST OF GREATEST EXTINCTION EVER

ENVIRONMENTALISTS BELIEVE EPA IS HIDING KEY INFO ON BEE PROBLEM

BUSH REGIME FINDS WAY TO GUT ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GORILLAS DISCOVERED

TWO THIRDS OF WORLD'S POLAR BEARS WILL DISAPPEAR BY 2050

BUTTERFLIES ARE IN DECLINE. . . AND WHY THAT MATTERS A LOT

BIODIVERSITY OF VERTEBRATES DROPPED BY NEARLY A THIRD IN LAST 35 YEARS

EUROPEAN BIRD MIGRATION DROPS

BEEKEEPERS SUFFER 35% LOSS OVER WINTER

GIRAFFE POPULATION DOWN 30% IN DECADE

NEARLY HALF OF EUROPE'S COMMON BIRDS DISAPPEARING

GLOBAL WARMING COULD WIPE OUT HALF OF ALL SPECIES

HUMANS LIVING BEYOND THEIR ECOLOGICAL MEANS

SPECIES EXTINCTION OCCURRING 1,000 TO 10,000 TIMES FASTER THAN EXPECTED

BUMBLEBEES MISSING IN ACTION: COULD HAVE BIG EFFECT ON OTHER THINGS

Forests

Climate change has affected forests globally

Climate Central -  After looking at 226 tree species at 81 locations around the world, two dozen experts from around the world have determined that fully 70 percent of trees are likely to suffer if conditions get drier -” and it doesn't matter whether those trees live in wet or dry habitats. Wh..

Amazon deforestration rate lowest on record

Tree loss in Brazilian rainforest has increased almost six fold

WiFi killing trees, study finds


Photo Alberto Cesar, Greenpeace

BRAZIL CUTS DEFORESTATION ALMOST 50%

ECUADOR COMES UP WITH UNIQUE PLAN TO SAVE RAINFORESTS

BRAZIL DEFORESTATION RISES SHARPLY

NEW SATELLITE PHOTOS SHOW AMAZON DEFORESTATION EXPLODING

AFRICA LOSING ONE PERCENT OF ITS FORESTS EACH YEAR

Fracking

Fracking industry may be paying off scientists

Vermont becomes first state to ban fracking...

New Pennsyvania law requires doctors to conceal facts about gas drilling

Recent earthquakes "almost certainly manmade"

Ohio regulators find fracking caused earthquakes

Former regulator warns of fracking danger

EPA says fracking may cause water pollution

Was Oklahama's earthquake due to fracking?

Frackers admit they may have caused earthquakes

Fukishima

Record radiation found in fish off Fukushima

Fukishima workers told to hide radiation level

More than a third of Fukushima area children found to have growths


Fukushima drift brings non native species to west coast


TSUNAMI DEBRIS ARRIVES IN ALASKA

Genetic modification

Genetic engineering has produced super weeds, not super crops

SCIENTISTS CALL FOR GM REVIEW AFTER PEST SURGE IN CHINA

WEEDS ADAPT TO MONSANTO PESTICIDE CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS

TESTS SUGGEST HEALTH DANGERS IN GM CROPS

PRINCE CHARLES BLASTS GM FOOD

GM CROPS LESS PRODUCTIVE THAN NORMAL ONES

GM DANGERS NOT ISSUE IN U.S. LIKE IN EUROPE

SECRET FILES REVEAL BRITISH GOVERNMENT COLLUSION WITH CORPORADOS OVER GM CROPS

NUTRIENT VALUE OF MANY FOODS HAS DECLINED

Geo engineeering

The scientific and moral hazards of geoengineering

Health

ARE BOYS BEING ELIMINATED BY POLLUTION?

POLLUTION CONTRIBUTES TO 40% OF GLOBAL DEATHS

GETTING LEAD OUT OF YOUNG MAY HAVE CAUSED DROP IN CRIME

Local

TREES BLOCKING NEIGHBOR'S SOLAR PANELS MUST BE CUT

Mercury

EPA puts new controls on mercury

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Energy
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Fracking
Fukushima
Insects
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Monsanto

Nuclear
Oceans, rivers, lakes
Oil & gas
Pesticides
Plastics
Pocket paradigms
Politics
Population
Stats

Sustain yourself
Water
Weather
Wind

ESSAYS

A poker player's guide to environmental risk assessment

The ignored greeness of historic preservation

Population's loss is earth's gain

Remineralizing the earth

Natural areas

A LAWYER'S VIEW OF NATURE

BUSH REGIME PLANS TO RUN POWER AND PIPE LINES THROUGH PARKS & OTHER NATURAL AREAS

Non profits

Big environmental groups in tight with big anti-environmental corporations

Nuclear
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Japan talks about ending nuclear power

US cutting nuke plant drills, test evacuations

Vermont challenges nuke plant license renewal

Japan has no nuclear power for first time in 42 years

How close are we to an American Fukushima?

NRC approves two nuclear plants despite growing Fukushima concerns

Radiation at Fukushima worse than thought

Japanese considered evacuating Tokyo after nuclear disaster

Temperature rises myteriously at Fukushima

Bird population collapsing near Fukushima

Japanese government concealing facts about Fukushima

Federal judge says states can't protect themselves against nuclear plants

Study: Fukushima meltdown caused American deaths

Feds looking for replacement site for Yucca Mountain. . . maybe in your state

American nuke plants not ready for Fukishima type event

British government conspired with nuke industry to play down Fukushima

Britain prepared for Fukushima to be worse than Chernobyl

What the media doesn't tell you about American nuclear power

Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022

Into Eternity: Documentary on the making of a nuclear waste facility

Huge increase in ocean radiation near Japan

Map of earthquakes and locations of nuke plants

Organs of dead British nuclear workers removed to hide evidence

AMERICAN NUCLEAR 'RENAISSANCE' COLLAPSING

PLANNED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WOULD BE BUILT WITH FOREIGN LABOR

OBAMA PLANS NUKE PLANT NEAR EXISTING ONE, FURTHER ENDANGERING POOR BLACK COMMUNITY

VERMONT VOTES TO SHUT DOWN NUCLEAR PLANT

THE DANGERS AND POLITICS OF OBAMA GOING NUCLEAR

OBAMA THROWS CAUTION TO THE WINDS,LAUNCHING FIRST NEW NUKE PLANTS IN 30 YEARS  MEANWHILE AT THE OLD NUCLEAR PLANTS

OBAMA CANCELS NUKE PROMISE; BACKS HUGE SUBSIDIES FOR DANGEROUS ENERGY

OBAMA, BIG BUSINESS WANTS TO NUKE US

BRIT NUKE SAFETY BODY SAYS PLANNED PLANTS AREN'T SAFE

THE HIDDEN STORY OF THREE MILE ISLAND

RECOVERED HISTORY: THREE MILE ISLAND

STUDY PROJECTS HYPER COSTS FOR NEW NUCLEAR POWER

OBAMA'S NUKE BUDDIES JOIN WITH FRENCH FIRM TO COOPERATE "ON NUCLEAR POWER MATTERS."

OBAMA AND NUCLEAR POWER

Architecture 2030 - Architecture 2030 - 12,954 Nuclear Power Plants - That's how many nuclear plants the world would need to build to replace its current fossil-fuel-based energy. Even if it was physically possible to build this many plants within the seven-year timeline set by scientists to avoid dangerous climate change (it takes 8 to 12 years to get a nuclear plant on-line), the cost would be astronomical. At $6 billion per plant (a conservative figure), 12,954 plants would cost $77.72 trillion - more than the total Gross World Product of $65.95 trillion.

NUKE EQUIPMENT FIRM SAYS YUCCA MOUUNTAIN IS 'FOOL'S ERRAND'

THE CASE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER

YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SCALED BACK

EDWARDS ONLY TOP DEM WHO OPPOSES NUCLEAR POWER

PUSH ON FOR NUCLEAR PLANTS

STUDY FINDS EARTHQUAKE FAULT LINE UNDER YUCCA MOUNTAIN

Oceans, rivers, lakes

2014

How California's one percent is still getting its water

Why the North Atlantic is in deep trouble

Sea level rise threatens NYC's sea wall

America's most endangered rivers

2013

Lake Erie dying again

Possible record dead zone predicted for Gulf of Mexico

Fish have been migrating towards the poles for 30 years

NOAA predicts sea level rise of up to six feet by 2100

66 Corals Declared Endangered Due to Global Warming, Ocean Acidification

Great Barrier Reef has lost over half its coral since 1985

Study; sea rise may be worse than expected

Scientists find drastic slowdown in reproduction rate of micro plants in Maine waters

Maine lobsters prematurely shedding their shells

The danger of ocean acidification

Chesapeake Bay has huge dead zone

Ten dirtiest beaches in America. . .

ATLANTIC OCEAN FOUND TO HAVE HUGE GARBAGE PATCH

OIL SPILL CREATING HUGE UNDERSEA DEAD ZONES

NW PACIFIC OCEAN DEAD ZONE MAY BE PERMANENT

OCEAN DESERTS BECOME MORE BARREN

PLACES THREATENED BY SEA LEVEL RISE TAKES ON GLOBAL WARMING

DEAD ZONES BECOME MAJOR OCEAN PROBLEM

DECLINE IN OCEAN OXYGEN FOUND

SUNSCREENS MAY BE BLEACHING CORAL REEFS

ONLY ABOUT 4% OF OCEANS UNDAMAGED BY HUMANS

THE PACIFIC'S GARBAGE PATCH

LA TIMES SERIES ON THE ALTERED OCEAN

OCEANS FOUND TO BE ABSORBING FAR LESS CARBON DIOXIDE

Oil & gas

"Natural gas" means "fracking"

Pennsylvania bars doctors from telling patients about dangers of fracking

More drilling doesn't cut oil prices

Oil & gas lobbyist threatens Obama with political retribution over pipeline

Koch Brothers huge winners if tar sands pipeline goes through

OFFICIAL ESTIMATES OF OIL UPPED TO PLEASE AMERICANS SAYS WHISTLEBLOWER

EXPERT: OIL SUPPLY RUNNING OUT FAST

OILFIELD OUTPUT DECLINING FASTER THAN THOUGHT

DRILLING FOR OIL: WHAT BENEFIT?

OUR OIL PAGE

Pesticides

Controversy deepens over bee deaths and pesticides

PESTICIDES LINKED TO HYPERACTIVITY

LINK BETWEEN PESTICIDES AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE FOUND

HARMFUL PESTICIDES FOUND IN EVERYDAY FOOD PRODUCTS

Plastic

Caifornia to be first state to ban plastic bags

The plastic curse in our oceans

Three week ocean tour finds plastic everywhere

Geologists label plastic a new rock

Problems with plastic

Teenager's science fair project may deliver us from plastic

FDA SHRUGS OFF MAJOR CONCERN OVER PLASTIC BOTTLES

CHINA BANS PLASTIC BAGS

Politics

BRITISH CAP & TRADE TURNS INTO A SCAM

EPA DISSES CONGRESS' ORDER TO RESTORE ITS LIBRARIES

SURVEY: NEARLY HALF OF EPA SCIENTISTS REPORT POLITICAL INTERFERENCE

18 STATES SIGN PLEDGE TO PRESSURE FEDS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

PRIVATE EYE FIRM SPIED ON ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

In 2007, the top Sunday TV hosts asked presidential candidates 2275 questions. Only three mentioned global warming. – League of Women Voters

REPORT DETAILS BUSH'S MANIPULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION

Preservation

THE IGNORED GREENNESS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Recycling

How to know when your recycling is working

STORES THAT RECYCLE

RECYCLING EVERYTHING FROM A TO Z

SEATTLE A LEADER IN RECYCLING

Renewable energy

CHU WANTS WORLD'S ROOFS PAINTED WHITE TO EASE CLIMATE CHANGE

EXPERTS BEGINNING TO QUESTION WHTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY IS ENOUGH CHANGE

USING HOT ASPHALT TO PROVIDE ENERGY

TWENTY SOMETHING FINDS CHEAP WAY OF MAKING SOLAR CELLS IN PIZZA OVEN

ENERGY FROM PAVEMENT HEAT

BIOFUELS PRODUCE MORE GREENHOUSE GASES
THAN FOSSIL FUELS

WHY RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NOT ENOUGH

Stats

Seven million killed by air pollution

Our disappearing water

About one-third of the population lives in communities where the air does not meet federal health standards

@Harpers - Percentage of the 84,000 chemicals used commercially in the U.S. that are kept secret under federal law: 20

Sustain yourself

SUSTAIN YOURSELF PAGE

Transportation

PORTUGAL PLANS 1300 ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS

VOLKSWAGEN WORKING ON 235 MPG CAR

1,445.7 MILES ON ONE TANK OF GAS

US LAGS IN WORLDWIDE BICYCLING BOOM

STUDY LINKS INCREASING FUEL COSTS TO STEEP DROP IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES

COMPRESSED AIR WOULD POWER 100 MPG CAR UNDER DESIGN

YOU KNOW THINGS ARE CHANGING WHEN TEXANS START DRIVING ELECTRIC CARS

17 NEW ELECTRIC CARS

LIVING IN DENSE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN SAVE UP TO $2000 A YEAR IN GAS

OLD AIR TECHNOLOGIES GET A NEW LIFE 

WORLDWIDE, BIKING IS UP

STUDY SHOWS BIG IMPACT OF ROAD TRANSPORTATION ON ENVIRONMENT

FOUR MORE EUROPEAN CITIES GO FOR CONGESTION PRICING

THE ECO SOLUTION THAT DARES NOT SAY ITS NAME. . . IN AMERICA, AT LEAST

Trees

FALL COLORS MAY BE DICTATED BY KIND OF SOIL

Water

Water

Michael Snyder, Activist Post

  • Approximately 40 percent of the entire population of the planet has little or no access to clean water, and it is being projected that by 2025 two-thirds of humanity will live in "water-stressed" areas.
  • According to one government report that was released last year, the global need for water will exceed the global supply of water by 40 percent by the year 2030...
  • Lake Mead has a 50 percent chance of running dry by the year 2025. .
  • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, "a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie" has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.
  • According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years....
  • According to a U.S. government report, 36 states are already facing water shortages or will be facing water shortages within the next few years.
  • It has been estimated that the state of California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left.
  • It has been estimated that the state of New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water left.
  • It is being projected that the demand for water in China will exceed the supply by 25 percent by the year 2030.
  • It has been estimated that 75 percent of all surface water in India has been heavily contaminated by human or agricultural waste.

Pacific acidity dissolving shells of key ocean species

Pacific ocean scallops dying off from acidity

Alarming deaths of dolphins along East.Coast

Other

 

California droughts turns talk to drinking urine

The coming water crisis

Wall Street buying up huge water supplies

Lake Powell only 42% full

Depletion of ground water linked to great earthquake risk

Water rationing in 140 Brazilian cities

World faces major water shortages

2013

Conflicts of interest slowing Nestles' efforts to control Maine town's water

Singapore: Where the water is rented

Nestle draining more countries' ground water

West coast starfish dying in record numbers

Jelly fish taking over oceans

20,000 gallons of water stolen from elementary school in drought stricken area

Canadian eco-tribunal strikes down Nestle's water ripoff

Living with the Texas drought

Colorado River drying up

The world's growing water problem

Eighteen countries face serious water shortage

Nestle pushing the privatization of water

Nestle CEO: Water not a human right;
should be privatized

UN head says world will run out of water

Underground water supply dropping at much larger rate

China running out of water

More than half of nation's rivers and streams are polluted

Winter fails to bring new water to west

America's massive water crisis

Town bans bottled water

2012

The future of water

Water battles grow

Carribean coral reefs losing most of their coral

A close look at the Texas drought

Oceans turning acidic faster than in past 300 million years

Report: Water bills to soar

EPA slashes funds for water testing

Waste water can be turned drinkable

Water demand will outstrip supply in 20 years

Study finds poisonous chemical in drinking water of 35 cities

World Bank helping corporations seize public water

AMOUNT OF FRESH WATER IN OCEANS INCREASING

SOME STATES THINK THEY OWN RAIN WATER

ONE THIRD OF U.S. COUNTIES FACE WATER SHORTAGE

PROBLEMS AND POSSIBLITIES WITH OUR WATER SUPPLY

TOWN BANS SALE OF BOTTLED WATER

STUDY FINDS LACK OF FISH MEANS FISHING MUCH HARDER THAN IN 19TH CENTURY

3.5 MILLION DIE EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF POLLUTED WATER

WATER SHORTAGES MAY HIT NORTHERN ROCKIES

YEMEN COULD BE FIRST COUNTRY TO RUN OUT OF WATER

BOLIVIAN CAPITAL MAY FACE WATER SHORTAGE

WHY IS WATER FEMINIZING FISH AND ARE WE NEXT?

CHICAGO CONSIDERS PRIVATIZING WATER

MERCURY FOUND IN EVERY FISH TESTED IN 291 STREAMS

WATER WARS IN MONTANA

OVER A BILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN WATER SCARCE AREAS

TEXAS FACING WORST DROUGHT IN A HALF CENTURY

BHOPAL: 30 MINUTES OF WATER EVERY OTHER DAY

CRITICAL WORLD RIVERS LOSING WATER

ALMOST HALF THE WORLD FACES WATER SHORTAGE BY 2030LIFORNIA DECLARES WATER EMERGENCY

MAINE TOWN PUTS ITS WATER IN COMMON TRUST

LAKE MEAD: THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS COMES HOME

WATER RATIONING IN CALIFORNIA

NOW, PEAK WATER

IS NATURAL GAS DRILLING ENDANGERING U.S. WATER SUPPLIES?

HOW MUCH WATER ARE YOU REALLY USING?

IN FACE OF WATER SHORTAGES, TOILET TO TAP RECYCLING PLANS GROW

U.S. NEARING LIMITS OF WATER SUPPLY

A FUTURE OF WATER WARS?

WHY DRINKING BOTTLED WATER ISN'T THE ANSWER TO DRUG POLLUTION IN STREAMS

AMERICA'S WATER POLLUTED BY VAST ARRAY OF DRUGS

BOTTLED WATER 'MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE

ASIAN COUNTRIES COULD FACE MASSIVE WATER CRISIS

STUDY SUGGESTS INDIA HAS VASTLY OVERESTIMATED AVAILABLE WATER

Weather

ATLANTIC HAVING MOST HURRICANES IN A THOUSAND YEARS

TORNADOES WAY OVER NORMAL

Wind power

The split in the environmental movement over wind power

Denmark aims to get 50% of electricity from wind power

WIND POWER CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR NEARBY RESIDENTS

REPORT: OFFSHORE WIND POWER COULD QUADRUPLE U.S. ELECTRIC GENERATION

WIND POWER SOARS BUT SO DO COMPLAINTS

WIND POWER BLOWING IN NEW JOBS

WIND TURBINES TOO CLOSE TO HOMES CAN CAUSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS

FLOATING WIND TURBINES COULD GIVE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY A BOOST

SHIPS TO BE POWERED BY KITES

AN EARLIER EXAMPLE

FILMS: Windfall, a critical look at the down side of wind power.

JUST THE FACTS
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Percent decrease in the incidence of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in major newspapers in 2011: 33 - #HarpersIndex


AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE RECORDS

2009

WHAT THE PENTAGON'S DUMPING IN YOUR OCEANS

The USDA 2007 Census of Farms reports a net increase of 75,810 US farms in 2007. USDA says, "Compared to all farms nationwide, these new farms tend to have more diversified production, fewer acres, lower sales and younger operators who also work off-farm." The Census observes an acceleration of the trend towards larger numbers of small farms, and more very large farms. The average income of farmers is around $34,000 with less than half that coming from the farm itself.

THE WORLD'S TEMPERATURE

 

NASA - Calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000, according to a NASA analysis of worldwide temperature measurements, but it was still in the top ten warmest years since the start of record-keeping in 1880. The 10 warmest years have all occurred within the 12-year period from 1997-2008. The map above shows global temperature anomalies in 2008 compared to the 1950-1980 baseline period. Most of the world was either near normal or warmer than normal. Eastern Europe, Russia, the Arctic, and the Antarctic Peninsula were exceptionally warm (1.5 to 3.5 degrees Celsius above average). The NASA scientists attribute the relative coolness of 2008 to the persistent La Nina.

2008

US ENERGY USE RISES FASTER THAN POPULATION

2007

EARTH'S TOP 10 WARMEST YEARS

1 - 2005
2 - 1998
3 - 2002
4 - 2003
5 - 2007
6 - 2006
7 - 2004
8 - 2001
9 - 1997
10 -1999

[NASA, USA Today]490

 

us greenhouse gas emissions compared to other countries

WORLD RESOUCES INSTITUTE

2006

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FUEL CONSMPTION

PROGRESS REPORT = America spends $200,000 a minute on foreign oil. Sixty-five percent of oil consumed in the United States comes from foreign sources, up from 58 percent in 2000. Each year, more than $25 billion for oil imports goes to Persian Gulf states. Over the last 30 years, oil market disruptions have cost the economy seven trillion dollars. Last year, 58 percent of Americans said that high gas prices in 2005 caused them "serious" or "moderate" hardship.

2002


FROM VITAL SIGNS 2002, PUBLISHED BY THE WORLD WATCH INSTITUTE

HUMANS TAKE UP 83% OF EARTH'S SURFACE TO DO THEIR THING

NY TIMES - The United States is losing two acres of mostly prime farmland every minute to development, the fastest such decline in the country's history, a new study has found. That loss has been on the edge of the outer suburbs, where some of the country's best fruit farms are being replaced by houses on large lots, linked by new roads, highways and malls, the study, by the American Farmland Trust, said. . . Using census data as well as Agriculture Department information about crops and soil, the study found that more than half of the lost farmland is being carved into 10-acre lots. Arkansas, New York, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi top the list of states that have lost the greatest percentage of their best farmland in the last five years.

POCKET PARADIGMS
SAM SMITH

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When confronted with conflicting odds, remember that you don't have to play the game. There are other things to do with your time - or with the economy or with the environment - that may produce better results. Thus, instead of playing poker you could be making love. Or instead of getting jobs from some air or water degrading activity, the same jobs could come from more benign industry such as retrofitting a whole city for solar energy.

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