How About That Water Quality? Ocean Acidification

photo: coastal tidal zone and rising sea levels. How About That Water Quality?

Talking about water quality isn’t most people’s idea of the ideal ice breaker. In the Lowcountry (loosely defined as coastal South Carolina and Georgia), folks typically find common ground discussing the region’s warm weather, great food, vibrant culture and remarkable history.

But water quality is quickly becoming the talk of the town as locals are growing concerned about how sea level rise and increased rainfall amounts are impacting their local

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Renewable Energy Saves Water and Creates Jobs

photo: wind farm energy may save a lot of water. Renewable Energy Saves Water and Creates Jobs

Credit: David Hogan Getty Images

A common argument for expanding renewable energy sources is that technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines are responsible for far less carbon dioxide than power plants that burn fossil fuels. But two other powerful benefits should also be getting much more attention: the switch can save vast quantities of freshwater, and can create a large number of new, high-paying jobs.

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How planting trees and grasses can help stabilise farmland in a changing climate

photo: trees growing in arid conditions. How planting trees and grasses can help stabilise farmland in a changing climate

Certain native species, such as Eucalyptus populnea, can combat the effects of drought. As parts of the country face the toughest drought in people’s lifetimes, tree species that can assist in water and soil management have a renewed purpose.

Need to raise your water table, stabilise your soil or grow an alternate fodder source in arid conditions? There is a tree — or grass — for that.

Fran Bodkin, a … [more…]

Forests are key to combating world’s looming water crisis, says new GFEP report

photo: clouded forests in Vietnam. Forests are key to combating world’s looming water crisis, says new GFEP report

Rain clouds hover over a forest in Yen Bai, Vietnam. Photo by Rob Finlayson/ICRAF

The world is facing a growing water crisis: already, 40 percent of the world’s population are affected by water scarcity, and climate change threatens to increase the frequency of both floods and droughts in vulnerable areas around the world.

A new report released recently at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New

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Preparing for climate change: California’s huge investment in water storage

photo: dry California's new water storage plans. To prepare for climate change, California is making a huge investment in water storage

On Tuesday, the California Water Commission completed a groundbreaking process to make the state’s largest investment in water storage in a generation. With the commission’s action, eight diverse projects around the state are in line to receive nearly $2.7 billion from Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014.

These projects – including $816 million for the Sites reservoir north of Sacramento – could add 4.3 million acre-feet of new water … [more…]