Agriculture

April 6, 2014--San Joaquin Valley sinking as groundwater stores are depleted (Sacramento Bee)

Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.


April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.


March 30, 2014--Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption (Science Codex)

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. On Monday 31 March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.


March 29, 2014--Who should get water deliveries divides California lawmakers (Fresno Bee)

Seasonal storms have exposed once more some perennial political divisions over California water. Citing the latest rainfall, seven of the state’s lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to free up more irrigation deliveries for San Joaquin Valley farms. The muscular Capitol Hill lineup is noticeable both for who’s on it and who’s not.


March 28, 2014--Can a water pollution credit plan help clean up our waterways? (Fast Company)

Excess nutrients are flooding into rivers and causing suffocating algae blooms. A major project hopes to get farmers and companies working together to fix the problem at the lowest cost to everyone. When too much nitrogen and phosphorus runs into lakes and rivers, the result is a bloom of algae that--if it gets bad enough--can suffocate fish and other life in the water.


March 27, 2014--Report explores nutrient management in water utility sector (Johnson Foundation)

In the past century, population growth, urbanization and intensified agricultural practices have combined to increase strain on wastewater treatment facilities. A foremost challenge for utilities is managing nutrient levels in the water—and doing so while juggling economic and energy constraints.


March 27, 2014--Study: Global warming will harm agriculture sooner than previously thought (Circle of Blue)

As hundreds of government officials and scientists huddle this week in Yokohama, Japan to polish the final draft of a major climate report, new research is revealing the depth and urgency of the puzzle the world must solve. Growing more food in the coming decades may be increasingly difficult sooner than expected, according to a clutch of recent climate studies.


March 26, 2014--Ag’s exemptions, exclusions from Clean Water Act expanded by new proposal (Greeley Tribune)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.


March 24, 2014--Texas and Nevada join drought-plagued California (24/7 Wall Street)

Drought is so severe in some parts of California that scientists have observed that conditions may not significantly improve for decades. The problem’s worst effects reach across the state’s inland valleys, which are agriculture rich and therefore can least afford a prolonged lack of water. Many of the cities in this area have among the highest unemployment in the United States.


March 21, 2014--World faces 'water-energy' crisis (Global Post)

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double crunch in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the UN said Friday. In a report published on the eve of World Water Day, it said the cravings for clean water and electricity were intertwined and could badly strain Earth's limited resources.


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