Climate

The world faces a wide range of serious, complex, and long-term water challenges, from shortages to contamination to local and regional disputes over water to long-term climate changes. But there are other challenges that are short-term, emergency situations that could also be addressed by some new thinking and new technology.

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As an energy boom, propelled by natural gas, continues to gather steam, mining and drilling companies square off with landowners around the globe over who has the right to resources that are located deep below ground.

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Wild Rice is an aquatic grass that is harvested annually for its nutritious grain. Throughout its growth cycle, wild rice encounters many external threats, both environmental and human-made, which are being compounded by the effects of climate change.

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Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.

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Map Weather Extremes Floods Droughts Tornados

Extreme weather events in 2011 have been numerous and diverse, prompting some analysts to link the natural disasters to climate change. Most recently, many states are under exceptional-drought and extreme-heat advisories.

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Montana Oil Spill Only a small fraction of the oil spilled from an ExxonMobil pipeline into the Yellowstone River in Montana is likely to be recovered, according to an Environmental Protection Agency staff member, speaking with the Associated Press. In the last year, several pipeline breaks have fouled waterways in the U.S, most notably the […]

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Ocean Currents: Harness installation on primary structure

Launching in June, the Aquarius satellite mission will improve scientific understanding of the global water cycle.

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Food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics, Foreign Policy writes, and the world is losing its ability to soften the effect of its resource shortages. How do food, energy, population and water policies fit the big puzzle? Saudi Arabia, one of the countries most at risk of water and grain shortages, has […]

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Chinese North-South Transfer Project

Authorities anticipate approval for new western line to tap energy reserves. Sparks and the blue flare of arc welders, like hot stars in the night sky, illuminate the interior of a massive water tunnel that crosses underneath the Yellow River.

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Climate change is worsening, fast. The National Climate Data Center of the National Oceanic

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Think you know all there is to know about the intersection between water and energy? Take the Choke Point: US quiz to find out.

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In some northern regions, lake temperatures are increasing more than air temperatures.

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Researchers explain the correlation between environmental interactions and human health, as reported infections climb to 10,000 cases.

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China attempts to move forward with its clean energy ambitions.

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Relationship between Australia’s drought and Antarctica’s increased snowfall offers clues to human contribution to global warming. Scientists have linked a severe, decades-old drought in Australia to increased snowfall in East Antarctica.

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The close of economic journalist Steven Solomon’s book is a reflection on the new meaning of water given today’s scarcity crisis. Solomon connects freshwater’s past and present to paint a future, and potentially very unstable picture of human civilization. By redefining facets of this precious resource, however, he presents the foundation of finding global solutions.

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Video: Copenhagen – Taking the Risk to Define a Zero Carbon, Clean Energy Future

Copenhagen, host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, claims to be one of the world’s greenest cities. It has extensive public transportation, a strong bicycle culture and plans to be carbon neutral by 2025 through progressive blueprints that reduce carbon emissions 20 percent by 2015 compared to 2005.

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China’s chief meteorologist recommends adjusting to global warming over fighting it.

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In the third installment of Climate Change Coping Strategies excerpts from James G. Workman’s Heart of Dryness we reveal the struggle to develop effective infrastructure in the face of climate change.

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Massive Antarctic Icebergs Heading To New ZealandRare event may or may not be linked to climate change, expert says

More than 100 icebergs are drifting toward New Zealand’s southern coast in a rare phenomenon that has only been recorded once before since 1931.

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