California Water Savings Dwindle When Drought Fears Subside

California’s Water Savings Dwindle When Drought Fears Subside

Public perception of drought risk influences how people use water resources. New research sheds light on how public awareness could shift behaviors toward long-term water conservation. Credit: bozhdb/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Policy changes and media attention affect how much water Californians use, as well as how long these behaviors prevail. Could public awareness shift behaviors toward long-term conservation?

California’s population has almost doubled over the past 4 decades, growing from … [more…]

U.N. Investigator on Extreme Poverty Issues Grim Report — On The U.S.A.

U.N. Investigator On Extreme Poverty Issues A Grim Report — On The U.S.

Philip Alston wanted to know: Just how bad is poverty in the United States? He’s an Australian law professor who in 2014 was appointed as a United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He contacted the Obama administration before the presidential election to get permission to undertake a fact-finding mission in the United States. The Trump administration honored the invitation. Now, after two weeks of reporting, Alston … [more…]

Lonely Bolivian water frog seeks mate on Match.com to save his species

Lonely Bolivian water frog seeks mate on Match.com to save his species

Romeo ISO a lady frog. (CNN)

An 11-year-old Bolivian water frog named Romeo has been looking for his "Juliet" for the past decade to save his species. Global Wildlife Conservation, Match.com and the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative have teamed up for a fundraising campaign to find a mate for this lonely Sehuencas water frog.

The campaign is hoping to raise $15,000 before Valentine’s Day to support the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative’s 10 … [more…]

Can Deepwater Aquaculture Avoid the Pitfalls of Coastal Fish Farms?

Can Deepwater Aquaculture Avoid the Pitfalls of Coastal Fish Farms?

An open-ocean fish farm in Hawaii. Courtesy of Bryce Groark

Near-shore fish farms have created a host of environmental problems. Now, U.S. aquaculture advocates – backed by mainstream conservation groups – are saying that locating well-run operations out in the ocean could produce sustainable food and protect wild stocks from overfishing.

Donna Lanzetta has a big idea: She wants to grow striped bass on a deepwater fish farm, about eight … [more…]

U.S.A. drought at worst level in nearly 4 years

U.S. drought at worst level in nearly 4 years

California’s first measure of snowpack for 2018 is coming up well below levels recorded the same time last year. And there are concerns the drier start this winter could send the state back into drought. —AP

The dry times are back. Drought has returned with a vengeance across much of the United States, with the worst conditions across southern and western parts of the nation. As of Thursday, 38.4% of … [more…]