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NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

May 2, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Efficiency in California

As the state of California finalizes its mandatory cuts in water use for an average of 25 percent for companies like urban water suppliers, new NRG solar customers in the cities of Fresno and San Diego can soon begin to receive a smart sprinkler from Rachio.[read more]

New Hydropower in Developing Markets, Upgrades in the United States

May 1, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Hydropower Development and Progress

Hydropower is a mature technology that has tapped most of the resources available in developed countries, with the exception of Canada, which continues to eye large hydro projects. Despite this, there are still hydro opportunities available in the United States.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

May 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Amid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered media attention due to their focus on either molten salt or thorium fuel.[read more]

How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

April 25, 2015 by Wego Wise

Water Waste Prevention

Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks.[read more]

Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later

April 22, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil well in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames following a blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Hydropower Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

April 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Drought and Hydopower Impacts

The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a study from the Pacific Institute. When the 2007 to 2009 drought is taken into account, the figure rises to $2.4 billion.[read more]

In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

New York's High Court to Rule on Cleanup Requirements for Hundreds of Rivers, Bays, and Lakes

April 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York, Water Health, and Court Rulings

Long Island Sound, the Bronx River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and South Oyster Bay all share something in common - and this is not a club you'd want to join. They are so fouled with polluted runoff from cities and urban runoff that you may get sick if you swim there or touch the water.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We're Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow"

April 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought and Water Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.[read more]

For Energy (and Water) Conservation, Moral Suasion is No Substitute for Getting the Prices Right

April 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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California Drought and Water Pricing

The use of PR campaigns to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why. For political and jurisdictional reasons, it is often easier to mount a conservation campaign than raise energy or water prices in times of scarcity.[read more]

California Dreaming: Drought and Development

April 8, 2015 by Steven Cohen

As the northeast fights a losing battle to maintain its population, California grows like there's no tomorrow. But there will be. And more people, changing patterns of rainfall, and a culture requiring the desert to bloom have led California Governor Jerry Brown to call for a 25% reduction in household water consumption.[read more]

As Sea Level Rise Accelerates, Buying Shorefront Property Becomes a Game of Musical Chairs

April 5, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Sea Level Rise and Risk

Sea level rise may not cause widespread flooding until later in this century or into the next one, but real estate deals involve long timelines: the useful life of a new house or a commercial building can be at least fifty years, while an infrastructure project might last a hundred years or more.[read more]

The 'Global Calculator': A New Interactive Climate Change Scenario Tool

April 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Prediction Tools

A new tool named the “Global Calculator” is designed to interactively raise awareness of climate change impacts. A lack of action on behalf of the international community to implement global mitigation and adaptation strategies is expected to increase the severity of these climate change impacts.[read more]