Drought

September 29, 2014--Predicting the worldwide impact of water scarcity on the energy sector (Water Online)

Most of the effects of drought around the world are obvious — dried up lakes, water restrictions, brown lawns, destroyed crops, and wildfires. But there is another consequence of water scarcity that is often not considered — and it can result in a literally powerless nation. Water is vital for nearly every type of energy generation.


September 29, 2014--New report highlights USA's water-supply woes (USA Today)

A report, released Monday by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, found that "diminished water supply is the greatest threat to the economic security and social stability of major portions of this country." "We all need water and count on it to survive," said Lynn Broaddus, director of the environment program at the foundation.


September 22, 2014--In California, less water means more West Nile virus (KPCC)

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. They contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread it to the birds they bite next. A shortage of water can accelerate this cycle.


September 22, 2014--Mt. Shasta mudslide blamed on drought, melting glacier (Los Angeles Times)

California's prolonged drought is believed to have caused a massive mudslide on Mt. Shasta over the weekend after meltwater from a glacier sent torrents of debris and mud down the mountain, officials said.


September 19, 2014--Western U.S. governors begin drought discussions (Circle of Blue)

In the midst of a record-smashing dry cycle in the United States, the organization with the most influence over state and federal drought policy wants to do a better job managing the crisis. The need is evident. New research indicates that current state drought plans are inadequate for the task.


September 19, 2014--How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests (High Country News)

Severe fires, unprecedented bark beetle infestations, heat and drought – all exacerbated by climate change – are killing trees throughout the Rocky Mountains. So whether you’re a fan of New Mexico’s piñon pines, Colorado’s aspens or Montana’s whitebark pines, the West’s forests could look radically different in 50 to 100 years.


September 18, 2014--With close to average runoff, Lake Mead holds its own in late summer (Rocky Mountain PBS)

Lake Mead, the vast reservoir behind iconic Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, is holding its own in later summer, after plummeting in July past levels not seen since it first filled in the 1930s. The surface elevation of Lake Mead reached the historic low of  1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. On Aug.


September 17, 2014--Drought solutions overlook too many factors water policy expert warns (Virtual Strategy Magazine)

Much of the world, according to Neil Grigg, PhD, is experiencing a major extended drought crisis that in many regions affects economic growth, human health and basic survival. Grigg praises the many individuals who are dedicated to solving the crisis but warns that too many fresh water policy solutions overlook large portion of the problem.


September 13, 2014--Alarm as almond farms consume California's water (Guardian)

Touted as the ultimate superfood and an essential ingredient in everything from mezze to marzipan: the humble almond has never been so popular.


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