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Climate Disasters Made for Costliest Year

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports: 2017 will be remembered as a year of extremes for the U.S. as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes claimed hundreds of lives and visited economic hardship upon the nation. Recovery from the ravages of three major Atlantic hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. and an […]

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Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Toxic Crops

by Daniel Brouse The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report that examines how climate change is increasing the toxicity of crops. Crop Toxicity Extreme weather events, such as “drought and high temperatures, can trigger the accumulation in crops of chemical compounds that are toxic to animals and humans.” The report goes on […]

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Global Drought

by Daniel Brouse EARTH — The world is experiencing one of the worst years of drought ever recorded. The conditions are so bad in India that the state of Bihar has banned daytime cooking. “We call this the fire season in Bihar,” a state-disaster management official said. “Strong, westerly winds stoke fires which spread easily […]

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Nestle and the California Drought

by Daniel Brouse There is a lot of misleading information trending in social-media about Nestle and the California drought. The facts of the matter are: Most of the water in California is used for agriculture. Nearly 50 billion cubic metres (13 trillion gallons) of water is used in California each year. Nestle bottled water plants […]

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12.5 Million Dead Trees in California

CALIFORNIA — In a survey conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, they found the severe drought in California has caused the death of over 12 million trees. California is in its third year of drought. In 2014, a large increase in tree mortality was observed, especially in the Central Coast and Southern Sierra Ranges. Ground […]

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Desalination

by Daniel Brouse San Diego County — As drinking water becomes scarcer, desalination will become a rising trend. California is experiencing an extended drought. San Diego County is building a $1 billion desalination plant. Fresh drinking water will become a larger battle ground as it becomes shorter in supply. Global warming is causing contamination in […]

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California Running Dry

CALIFORNIA — Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said, “As our ‘wet’ season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater […]

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Colorado River Running Dry

NASA reports: A new study by scientists from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, has found that over 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western […]

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Extreme Weather Hits U.S., England and Australia

The United States, England and Australia are all experiencing severe and extreme weather events. In the United States, the East and Southeast have been hit with all types of winter storms. On the West Coast, the drought has reached critical stages of water conservation, as well as, causing wildfires. England is getting hit with the […]

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California Zero Water Allocation

Though much of the United States has been experiencing a cold, high precipitation winter, California has had extreme drought and fire conditions. The State Water Project announced the state reservoir will “effectively be closed for business.” “This is the most serious drought we’ve faced in modern times,” Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources […]

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