Bottled Water With sales of bottled water in China expected to reach $US 16 billion by 2017, some economists worry that government involvement in the industry may encourage lower safety standards as local authorities compete to attract investment, Business Insider reported. China recently announced reforms aimed at cleaning up its food and water supplies. An […]
India’s climate outlook in the upcoming century is bleak, according to an analysis of eighteen different climate models reported in The Hindu. Average annual surface temperatures are expected to rise by 4-7 degrees Celsius, part of a warmer world with heat waves severe drought, and major floods, according to a World Bank-sponsored report. Read the […]
Water Shortages A severe drought in Portugal is ravaging pastures and threatening to worsen the country’s economic crisis, Reuters reported. Thousands of Texas rice farmers won’t get water for irrigation this year after the Lower Colorado River Authority said it won’t release water into the rivers and canals the farmers use for irrigation, AP reported. […]
More than a third of the European Union’s agro-environmental aid is given to farms that have no ecological problems, according to a study by the European Court of Auditors, EUobserver reported. Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited announced that it had found 200 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in two wells drilled in northwestern England. Yet, […]
With nearly 65 percent of Texas experiencing exceptional drought, water is becoming increasingly precious—and scarce—in a state that has to divide the resource between the growing appetites of farmers, city residents, and energy corporations.