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How California’s drought hurts us all

March 17th, 2014

Since we became a nation of urban dwellers, we’ve inevitably lost touch with the weather and how it sustains us. We in the cities and burbs have come to see bad weather as a threat to our roof shingles and perhaps to our decorative shrubs. But there’s a whole sphere of existence out there that depends mightily upon the proper sunshine, rainfall and temperatures for its livelihood, and ours.

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Fracking threatens water supplies in several states; Texas is ‘ground zero,’ report concludes

February 6th, 2014

Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.

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California’s record drought is forcing a cattle sell-off

January 27th, 2014

The epic drought in California is forcing ranchers to sell their cattle because their pastures are too dry for grazing and it’s getting too expensive to feed them.

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Water shortages pit ranchers against frackers in Texas

August 12th, 2013

Two of the industries that built Texas, ranching and oil/gas drilling, are now competing for dwindling water. The problem is especially pronounced in drought-stricken West Texas.

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HOAs must consider drought-tolerant landscaping under new law passed by Texas legislature

June 3rd, 2013

Homeowners will still have to submit their plans to their association, but they will be allowed to move toward more drought-tolerant landscaping under a new Texas law awaiting Gov. Rick Perry’s signature.

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Let’s start treating climate change like the enemy

May 13th, 2013

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.

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Report predicts grim days ahead for forests as climate change increases wildfires and drought

April 5th, 2013

Climate change will continue to worsen wildfires in the U.S., with the area burned each year expected to double by 2050, according to a report released this week by the USDA’s Forestry Service. But that’s not all. Profound changes are ahead for forests in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, as climate change rearranges natural habitats.

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How to reduce water use in the United States

March 18th, 2013

Americans consume a lot of water as a result of their food and lawn choices. Read Danielle Nierenberg’s blog about how we can lower the stress we’re placing on dwindling water supplies. Ms. Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank, has traveled the world, studying food and water scarcity, and can tell you how many Kenyans survive on the same amount of water consumed by one American.

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Texas lawmakers propose protection for xeriscaped lawns

February 1st, 2013

In an effort to address Texas’ ongoing drought, two state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would free thousands of homeowners from having to water and maintain conventional sod lawns.

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July 2012 was the hottest month ever in the U.S.

August 13th, 2012

July 2012 was the hottest ever on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Most drought states lack comprehensive plans to address climate change’s impact on water

August 2nd, 2012

Steve Fleischi, NRDC director of water and climate

There can be no doubt that the current drought in the U.S. is having horrific impacts on communities across the country. Water supplies are shrinking. Crops are dying.

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US drought worsens

July 26th, 2012

Drought continues to savage the U.S., claiming crops, threatening livestock and spurring wildfires, and it is intensifying. The U.S. Drought Monitor reveals a deepening drought in the midsection of the country, which is predicted to continue as above-average hot temperatures fail to abate.

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