Water Issues

California’s Drinking Problem: The Urgency to Use Less Water

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It’s certainly not unusual for temperatures to be hot this time of year, as summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.  But things are getting really, really hot across the globe. Last month the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that the period March-May was the hottest in more than 120
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Bottled Water: An Economic Perspective

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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By Anjie Cai, guest youth blogger for www.howmany.org. It’s frightening to look at bottled water from an economic perspective. Using cost-benefit analysis to examine the impact of bottled water, we realize how harmful it actually is. The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard reported that bottled water costs “up to 1,900 times more than tap
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We Can’t Say We Didn’t See It Coming

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
Low water levels at Shasta Lake [www.americansouthwest.net]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The governor of California has declared that the state is experiencing a drought emergency and is urging water rationing.  Governor Jerry Brown called it “perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.” This came shortly after the release of a MIT study this
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Climate Change Roulette and Water Scarcity

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org A new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that climate change is likely to put 40 percent more people worldwide at risk of absolute water scarcity, due to changes in rainfall and evaporation. Unsurprisingly, the study
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Cooperation in the Face of Water Scarcity and Population Growth

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In this summer of drought in many places around the world, concern about water is growing.  Coping with water scarcity is a main topic at World Water Week, which is currently winding down in Stockholm, Sweden.  This is an annual gathering of leaders, experts, and perhaps a few activists to discuss
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Water Scarcity: The Making of a Pakistani Tinderbox?

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org According to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan is “one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, ‘water-scarce’.” This has huge implications for the world’s sixth most populous country, which currently stands at 182 million people.  Projections released last month by
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The Sweltering West: Water Scarcity and California’s Delta Boondoggle

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By
Waterways and farmlands of the California Delta [photo: CA Dept of Water Resources]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. As the U.S. west and southwest endures extremely high temperatures and record-breaking drought, the issue of providing water to still growing cities and regions should be at the top of the agenda. Tuscon has sweltered through 100 degree temperatures the entire month of June.  Las Vegas hit 117 degrees, tying its
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Water, Water Everywhere? Maybe Not for Long

May 28th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Another day, another warning by scientists that human beings are pushing the planet to a tipping point. At the “Water in the Anthropocene” conference last week in Germany, 500 leading water scientists declared that water is becoming one of the most serious factors that could limit human development this century, with
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Reviving Rivers: A Sign of Hope for the Colorado

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org With over 7 billion people on the planet, demand for water for household, agricultural, and industrial use is increasing even faster than population growth.  Many areas, such as the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, are already experiencing competing demands on water in a region heavily reliant on this most precious of
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From Rural to Urban in 60 Seconds or Less?

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As we celebrate Earth Day this year, it is a good time to think about how we can improve not just the environment but also peoples’ lives.  In the face of globalization and the push for endless economic growth, our societies need to determine the best way to grow and where and when it’s needed.
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