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Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird

Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]

Drought and Energy: An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

July 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If we look at water as a supply chain, it is easy to spot the similarities to the traditional electricity supply chain, which consists of generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. The water supply chain is comprised of water sources, transport, treatment, and consumption.[read more]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

April 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Preparedness

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions.[read more]

How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

February 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Wasted Water and Energy

California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, sunny winter weather. I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring?[read more]

Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

February 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Extreme Weather in 2013

I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last year was the driest on record.[read more]

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

February 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year was the driest year on record for California, and while we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn’t let up by any measure. We’ve been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently.[read more]

California's Nightmare Comes True ... There's No More Water

February 7, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

California has been experiencing one of its worst droughts ever. It’s so severe that state officials issued a press release announcing that residents and farmers will be receiving less water in an attempt to conserve the water the state still has in reserve.[read more]

California's Drought to Heighten Awareness for Water-Tech Solutions

February 6, 2014 by Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Water-Tech Solutions

While California Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration for the parched state may not actually bring immediate rain, water technology companies may discover their audiences, from customers, and investors to national media more primed to support their efforts.[read more]

Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Drought

February 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and California Drought

Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen said: “Intense droughts in California have everything to do with human-made climate change.”[read more]

An Alternative to Fracking & California's Drought Emergency

January 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California, Fracking, and Drought

California is home to the popular-for-rafting Kern River, Big Sur sunsets, the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard, some of the world’s most important blue whale foraging habitat, strawberry valleys, rolling farms, cowboy towns, and big bustling cities.[read more]

Fracking and Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink It

August 14, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Texas Drought and Fracking

How dry is it in Texas? So dry some residents are wishing for a hurricane to replenish the aquifer. So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil, because every fracking job requires several million gallons of water.[read more]

Energy in China: Construction of Biggest Hydropower Dam Yet to Come

May 20, 2013 by Joseph Romm

hydropower in China

Reuters reports that China’s environmental ministry has okayed the construction of a new hydroelectric dam on the Dadu River in the Sichuan province, which when completed will be the country’s largest.[read more]

NASA Projects Global Rainfall Patterns Due to Climate Change

May 6, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Nasa Climate projection video

In response to carbon dioxide-induced warming, the global water cycle undergoes a gigantic competition for moisture resulting in a global pattern of increased heavy rain, decreased moderate rain, and prolonged droughts.[read more]

USDA: Climate Change Will Double Area Burned in Wildfires By 2050

April 5, 2013 by Joseph Romm


Wildfires in the U.S. will be at least twice as destructive by 2050, burning around 20 million acres nationwide each year, according to a federal report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[read more]

Need for Water Planning as Western US Faces 3rd Year of Drought

March 21, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

US drought

Seasonal water supply projections indicate worsening drought conditions across the western half of the US. Farmers and ranchers need to have drought management plans in place.[read more]