Tag: drought

In an Increasingly Unpredictable World, We Must Secure Nature to Secure our Water

Written by | February 21st, 2014

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As a balmy Sochi Olympics wraps up, other parts of the world grapple with droughts and the “polar vortex.” What does this mean for our water supplies? In this reality, writes Dr. Giulio Boccaletti, the role of nature in securing a sustainable water future becomes critically important.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2014

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Science gets to the bottom of mysteries like widely reported “earthquake lights” and the true age of the cockroach in today’s green news.

1. While people for millenia have reported seeing mysterious lights immediately before earthquakes, scientists think they’ve found the answer in a unique reaction by stressed rocks. (National Geographic)

2. Researchers in northwest Colorado recently discovered 49-million-year-old fossilized cockroaches, pushing back the bug’s known Earth record by a full 5 million years. (Live Science)

3. California’s lack of snowfall this winter hurts more than avid skiers; it means people and nature in the state will have a lot less freshwater at their disposal. (Grist)

4. Windpower in the UK generated a record 10% of the country’s electricity in December, enough for 5.7 million homes during one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. (TreeHugger)

The Green Buzz: Friday, July 19

Written by | July 19th, 2013

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Today’s green news may leave you hot(ter) and bothered.

  1. The Southwest is baking, the East Coast is sweltering. Take me to one of these 10 cool cities. (Nat Geo)
  2. Speaking of hot, the heat wave in the Northeast is moving backwards across America. Whaaat? (Huffington Post Green)
  3. Droughts affect everyone, including companies. How will they cope? (CNBC)
  4. If adapting to a rock climate future means living in a futuristic floating house, I’m out. (CleanTechnica)
  5. Like humans, chimps and orangutans have good memories. (BBC)

Contest Spotlights Best Ideas for Climate Adaptation

Written by | July 11th, 2013

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Sometimes global conservation challenges seem so overwhelming that we don’t even know where to begin. But Solution Search, a global contest to find successful innovation in conservation, aims to change that.

Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

Written by | June 25th, 2013

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When it comes to boosting the economy and fighting climate change, President Obama declares it’s not an “either/or.” It’s a “both/and” approach. Learn more about his roadmap for America’s leadership on climate change.

Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

Written by | May 30th, 2013

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we are reminded that nature can and should play an important role alongside engineered solutions in building (and rebuilding) the cities of tomorrow.

What Is the Future of Nature?

Written by | May 3rd, 2013

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By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion, and our climate is changing at a rate even faster than anticipated. How can we continue to meet the needs of nature and people?

The Green Buzz: Thursday, May 2

Written by | May 2nd, 2013

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The green news this morning has me wanting to move to Norway.

  1. Say what? They have so little garbage because folks recycle so much that yes, Oslo is importing trash. (TreeHugger)
  2. The Exxon Pegasus pipeline has leaked again, this time in Missouri. (Huffington Post)
  3. Who paid for the effects of the horrible drought last summer? You did. (NPR)
  4. This general is back at war — this time, fighting rhino poachers in South Africa. (Bloomberg)
  5. The first county in the nation has banned all drilling and fracking. (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Friday, April 12

Written by | April 12th, 2013

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On our radar today: wine, solar flares and cars that run on methane.

  1. The secret is out: unknown population of orangutans found in Borneo (Live Science)
  2. Wine vs. wildlife: climate change may send vineyards into prime wildlife habitat. (National Geographic)
  3. Grab your sunglasses and see video of this morning’s incredible solar flare. (Space)
  4. Remember last year’s huge drought? Scientists confirm it was not due to climate change. (Bloomberg)
  5. Forget hybrids. Russia sees potential in natural gas cars. (NY Times)

Drought Calls for Watering Restrictions in the Western U.S.

Written by | April 10th, 2013

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New watering restrictions in Fort Collins, Colorado are a stark reminder that it’s up to us to chart a smarter course toward meeting the future needs of our thirsty cities.

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