Lakes

September 15, 2014--117 million lakes found in latest world count (National Geographic)

Using satellite photos and computerized mapping technologies, an international research team counted all of the lakes on Earth. They found about 117 million lakes, covering almost four percent of the world’s land surface, not counting the glaciers on Greenland and Antarctica, according to a new study.


December 9, 2013--Rivers and streams release more greenhouse gas than all lakes (Science Daily)

Rivers and streams release carbon dioxide at a rate five times greater than the world's lakes and reservoirs combined, contrary to common belief. Research


October 4, 2012--Lakes react differently to warmer climate (Science Daily)

A future warmer climate will produce different effects in different lakes. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have now been able to explain that the effects of climate change depend on what organisms are dominant in the lake. Algal blooms will increase, especially of toxic blue-green algae.


July 5, 2012--Blooms of cyanobacteria resulting in potentially dangerous levels of toxins in some reservoirs (Summit Voice)

The impacts of global warming are often described in the context of human activities or how it will affect charismatic megafauna and visible landscape features.


June 22, 2012--Rio+20 closing statement - opportunity to act on a sustainable future lost (Environmental News Network)

With negotiations at an end, WWF Director General Jim Leape today issued the following closing statement about the Rio+20 summit: "This was a conference about life: about future generations; about the forests, oceans, rivers and lakes that we all depend on for our food, water and energy. It was a conference to address the pressing challenge of building a future that can sustain us.


June 4, 2012--Climate change threatens power output, study says (New York Times)

As the climate gets warmer, so do the rivers and lakes that power plants draw their cooling water from. And that is going to make it harder to generate electricity in decades to come, researchers report. In an article in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists measured temperatures now and projected what they would be at midcentury.


March 22, 2011--It's World Water Day! How clean is your water source? (USA Today)

Today is the United Nation's World Water Day, and people are marking the occasion in various way. But first: Do you know where your water comes from? If you're like most Americans, you're clueless. About 77% of U.S.


November 25, 2010--Lakes warming faster than air (Durango Herald)

A first-of-its-kind NASA study is finding nice cool lakes are heating up – even faster than air. Two NASA scientists used satellite data to look at 104 large inland lakes around the world and found that on average they have warmed 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1985. That’s about 2½ times the increase in global temperatures in the same time period.


December 18, 2009--Nearly half U.S. lakes in fair to poor condition (Environmental News Service)

The condition of 56 percent of the lakes in the United States is rated as good and the remaining 44 percent are in fair or poor condition, according to a draft study released by today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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