Drought
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Groundwater losses during historic drought equal one and a half times the volume of a full Lake Mead.

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Record reductions in river flows will be offset by pumping more water from aquifers.

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Along the 1,800-mile river basin,locals wrestle with water demands.

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Food prices set to climb as production of wheat and other staple crops is cut.

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Sierra Nevada snowpack, a major part of California’s water supply equation, is near record lows.

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Snow is scarce, reservoirs are approaching bottom, and groundwater is being exhausted in the nation’s most populous state. More than a dozen communities face water shortages in the next 60 to 100 days, and there will be zero water deliveries from the state’s largest canal system this year.

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During presentations this week at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, announced that the region’s most visible signs of drought – shrinking reservoirs – are dwarfed by groundwater losses.

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A new study finds that Australia’s groundwater contributes more to GDP than some industries.

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The Rapid Destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands

The inauguration of Iraq’s first national park earlier this summer represents a step toward national rebuilding for the war-torn country. But restoration of Iraq’s marshes also offers a grander vision for regional water cooperation throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Most of the water evaporated from soils, according to new research using satellite data.

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Scientists who use the GRACE satellite say they need more resources to maximize its usefulness – for predicting floods and droughts.

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Dwindling water supplies, low grain supplies, high prices for bread, meat, milk are outcomes of one of the worst droughts in the American history.

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Limited water supplies and competing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and municipal interests challenge Australia’s water-trading system.

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As drought-ravaged corn supplies wear thin in the United States, global commodity markets are counting on favorable weather — and a big corn crop — in South America.

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As the 2012 drought smothers the Great Plains, Kansas water laws — written to steady the economy, ecology, and use — are actually working.

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Infographic: Apalachicola Oysters

How do freshwater flows — or lack thereof — affect the marine life downstream?

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The drought that set upon the United States this year has tightened a three-state tug-of-war over fresh water, affecting marine life and a valuable fishing economy downstream in the Deep South’s Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, the most biodiverse river system in North America.

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It is not clear whether any of the new policy, planning, and supply initiatives are making a difference.

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Arkansas River US Drought 2012

A new report out of the United Kingdom’s academic world concludes that droughts can cause sharp declines in the number of species in a stream. Additionally, there is the potential for partial collapse of aquatic food webs.

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monsoon

Monsoon rainfall is 14 percent below average in India, which depends on rainwater to feed more than 50 percent of its agricultural land.

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