What’s Up With Water – August 23, 2021

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Shrinking Reservoirs Trigger Deeper Water Cuts for Lower Colorado River

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Federal government declares, for the first time, a Tier 1 shortage due to low water at Lake Mead.

The Colorado River Basin’s Daunting New Math

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The basin's big reservoirs have fallen to uncharted territory. The forecast isn't any better.

Dry Wells in Northern California Bring Home the Costs and Stresses of Drought

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A relentless interval of hot, dry weather, made worse by the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, has turned Glenn County, California, and the surrounding area, into a cauldron of flame, dust, and smoke.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

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The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe. But experts say there’s still time to prevent the worst outcomes.

Three River Communities, Worlds Apart, Tell Stories of Indigeneity in the Age of the Anthropocene

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The global climate crisis has devastating effects on indigenous communities. In St. Vincent, Borneo, and Alaska, decades of displacement, deforestation, and warming have defined a harrowing Anthropogenic Epoch.

“We Can’t Have Land Back Without Water Back”

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Julia Bernal came of age while living in a watershed turned upside down by dams and diversions. Now an activist, she campaigns for Indigenous rights — and the water to sustain them.

Waste-To-Energy Tech Could Slash U.S. Water Sector Carbon Emissions, But Its Potential Remains Underdeveloped

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U.S. utilities have been slower to adopt the energy- and emissions-saving technologies than those in other parts of the world.

What’s Up With Water – August 2, 2021

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Listen to the August 2, 2021 edition of Circle of Blue's weekly water news What's Up With Water.

Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement

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Mistrust of the government, fears related to immigration, and unclear messaging make the operation a hard sell in some neighborhoods.