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Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline

HomePumped DryUnited StatesHidden collapseCaliforniaSinking groundIndiaDesperate strugglesPeruBitter feudMoroccoDead orchards<p>SUBLETTE, Kansas – Just before 3 a.m., Jay Garetson’s phone buzzed on the bedside table. He picked it up and read the text: “Low Pressure Alert.”<p>He felt a jolt of stress and …

Snorkeling

Massive El Niño sweeping globe is now the biggest ever recorded

The current extreme El Niño is now the strongest ever recorded, smashing the previous record from 1997-8. Already wreaking havoc on weather around …

Making the Link Between Agriculture, Hunger, and Climate

The CGIAR Consortium may be the biggest international agriculture force you’ve never heard of. It’s publicly funded to the tune of about $1 billion U.S. annually, and plays a major role in agriculture research and funding programs to end hunger, improve nutrition, and preserve the planet.<p>As the …

Agriculture

How ISIL works: Price controls, vaccination programs, and $40 million a month in taxes

With a ruthless army of jihadists, ISIL is already operating a “proto-state,” despite what Western governments say. But the extent of how the so-called Islamic State works on a daily basis is starting to be revealed.<p>It even has a timetable for vaccinations for children to prevent the spread of …

Oil

Paris climate talks: what difference will temperature rises really make?

Negotiators in Paris are trying to craft a deal at the UN climate talks that will keep global temperature rise below 2C. But what does that mean in reality - and what difference will a couple of extra degrees really make?<p>Read this article in French<p>Without action, climate scientists have warned that …

Climate Change

This is how rising seas will reshape the face of the United States

In a new study, a team of scientists who specialize in studying rising seas bring the implications of their research right to the U.S.’s doorstep — calculating just how many American cities and municipalities are at risk of being flooded in the future, as well as how many may already be committed …

Climate Change

Scientists remove first seeds from ‘doomsday’ Arctic seed vault. Why? War in Syria.

The Global Seed Vault in Norway. REUTERS<p>The ongoing war in Syria has led researchers to make the first withdrawal of seeds from a "doomsday" vault in …

This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change

Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture<p>The humanitarian emergency caused by the migration crisis has shocked the world. Desperate scenes of refugees risking their lives at sea or …

Middle East

The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

<b>Published on</b> September 20th, 2015 | <i>by World Resources Institute</i><p>11<p>The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?<p>September 20th, 2015 by <b>World</b> …

Scientist: Eruption Of Yellowstone Super Volcano Would Be 2,000 Times The Size Of Mount St. Helens

<b>Cliff Geyser along Iron Creek in the Black Sand Basin is seen October 8, 2012 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The geyser formed a rim or</b> …

Dalit Muslims of India | Politics

Filmmaker: Mostafa Bouazzaoui<p>For centuries India's social structure was built around a rigid Hindu caste system. While the caste system was constitutionally abolished in 1950, its legacy still deeply affects contemporary Indian society.<p>The Hindu population, around 84 percent of the 1.2 billion …

India

Why we all need to learn the word “anthropogenic”

It’s a fancy way to say “humans did it”<p>The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of …

Forests

We Are All Sudan

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how …

Fossil Fuels

Artificially produced water delivers Israel from drought

JERUSALEM — At the peak of the drought, Shabi Zvieli, an Israeli gardener, feared for his livelihood.<p>A hefty tax was placed on excessive household …

Snorkeling

Selling the Desert's Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World

The Israeli company Netafim has developed an irrigation system that can grow plants with much less water, which has proven to be a good line of business amid increasing drought.<p>The Israeli farmers who pioneered the revolutionary technology known as drip irrigation weren’t trying to solve one of the …

Selling