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Heavily Subsidized Water Is Driving Utah Dry

Courtesy of The Guardian, an article on how heavily subsidized water ‘made the desert bloom’ in Salt Lake City, but the tradition is now driving Utah dry: In June 2021, Marlene and Emron Esplin stopped watering their front lawn. Given that the Esplins live in Utah, where maintaining lush green turf is often associated with the […]

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Will Drought Put U.S. Alfalfa Farmers Out Of Business?

Via The Guardian, an article on how agriculture – mainly alfalfa – consumes 80% of the Colorado River’s dwindling water supply, prompting calls for conservation: On an early August morning in California’s Imperial Valley, tractors rumble across verdant fields of alfalfa, mowing down the tall grass and leaving it to dry in shaggy heaps under […]

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How A 100-year-old Miscalculation Drained The Colorado River

Via Vox, an article on how an epic drought in the West is drying up the river, but that’s only part of the story: By now, you may have heard that the Colorado River is drying up. The river’s flow is down by about 20 percent, compared to the 1900s, and the two largest reservoirs it feeds […]

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Climate Change To Bring Enhanced Droughts Worldwide

Via WaterWorld, an article on a new study from the University of East Anglia which estimates that rising global temperatures will increase the length and spread of major droughts for India, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil, and Egypt: New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) finds that rising global temperatures will bring significant risks of more frequent […]

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Egypt’s Negative Stance on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Via New Eastern Outlook, an article on Egypt’s negative stance on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: If you read Cairo newspapers, one of the main topics of great concern to residents of Egypt’s capital, and indeed to all Egyptians, is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The headlines say a lot: “Ethiopia wants to monopolize all water […]

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The Parched Tiger: How India Is Addressing Its Water Needs

Via Vardhman Envirotech, commentary on how India is addressing its water needs: Come summer, and water becomes a commodity as precious as gold in India. The country has 18 percent of the world’s population, but only 4 percent of its water resources, making it among the most water-stressed in the world. A large number of […]

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