In The News

October 5, 2014--Glaciers lose 204 billion tons of ice in three years (Geophysical Research Letters)

Antarctica is losing so much mass that it’s actually changing Earth’s gravity. Antarctica is famously a continent capped with ice, but as Earth’s climate changes and the polar regions get warmer, its ancient ice is beginning to melt.


October 5, 2014--Tying water to growth, sort of (Pueblo Chieftain)

A proposal to link local land use to state water planning through better education about water issues will be discussed at this week’s meeting of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The question often has been the elephant in the room during discussions in the past decade by roundtables and the state Interbasin Compact Committee.


October 5, 2014--Water officials battle overpumping irrigators (Topeka Capital Journal)

Kansas state records show that fewer irrigators are pumping more than they are allowed but that the issue remains a problem as the Ogallala Aquifer shrinks. Last year, state officials hardened the fines, hoping to curb overpumping, The Hutchinson News reported.


October 4, 2014--In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose? (Guardian)

The threatened extinction of the tiger in India, the perilous existence of the orangutan in Indonesia, the plight of the panda: these are wildlife emergencies with which we have become familiar. They are well-loved animals that no one wants to see disappear.


October 4, 2014--Antibiotics in livestock: F.D.A. finds use is rising (New York Times)

The amount of antibiotics sold for use in livestock rose substantially in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration, a pattern that experts said was troubling given the efforts to battle antibiotic resistance in humans.