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The Era of Big Dams is Still Over, Even With the Water Bond

September 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Dams and the Water Bond

 

The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage, and an additional $800M for groundwater remediation projects.[read more]

Sprung a Leak? Smart Water Meters to the Rescue

September 12, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Smart Water Readers

A few months ago I logged into my online utility account and noticed it was more than twice the amount I usually pay, all of the excess going to water. We are water and electricity savers in our household, so what on earth could this spike be?[read more]

Court Ruling Could Require BP to Pay Billions in Fines for Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

September 12, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

BP Liability

A federal judge ruled last Thursday that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This decision could result in the company paying an estimated $18 billion in fines. And the vast majority of that money must be spent on restoring the environment and coastal communities devastated by the spill.[read more]

On Becoming an Ecomodernist

September 11, 2014 by Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus
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Ecomodernism and Meaning

The last few years have seen the emergence of a new environmental movement that offers a positive vision of our environmental future, rejects Romantic ideas about nature, and embraces advanced technologies like nuclear power and GMOs, as necessary to reducing humankind’s ecological footprint.[read more]

Here's How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

September 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Raining

One of the most robust of recent scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme deluges and rainfall events. Scientists have observed a sharp jump in monster one- and two-day rainstorms in this country.[read more]

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

September 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883. This bill would significantly lower the cost of PACE, a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV.[read more]

BP Oil Spill Penalty Could Reach 15% of Company's Market Cap

September 8, 2014 by Jared Anderson

BP Spill Penalty

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found BP was grossly negligent with regard to the accident and its activities in conjunction with the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said it “strongly disagrees” with the finding and will immediately appeal.[read more]

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

September 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows.[read more]

Global Warming Boosts Chances of Civilization-Threatening Megadroughts Here And Abroad

September 5, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Drought and Widespread Risk

By taking no serious action to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of the worst kinds of droughts — including the kind of multi-decade megadroughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.[read more]

2014 Is the Year of the Energy-Water Nexus

September 3, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

World Water Week 2014

Held every year in Stockholm, Sweden, World Water Week is led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and serves as a platform for over 200 collaborating organizations and 2,500 participants from 130 countries around the world to discuss global water and development issues.[read more]

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

August 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Corals and Environmental Risk

At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know very much about it.[read more]

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

August 29, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Modular Deslination

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water.[read more]

Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years

August 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Growing Ice Loss

A new study finds that both the Greenland ice sheet and West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have seen an astonishing increase in ice loss in just the past five years. This first-ever extensive mapping of the two great ice sheets using the CryoSat-2 satellite confirms the findings.[read more]

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

August 28, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Sludge Pools

On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over two-and-a-half billion gallons of contaminated water and liquids from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed.[read more]

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water

 

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]