A giant reservoir of water has been discovered under drought-stricken California

July 1, 2016 by  
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Stanford University researchers have just found a potential new source of water deep underneath California’s Central Valley . While the thought of accessing 713 trillion gallons of fresh, untapped water might be tempting, the reality isn’t that simple and probably won’t save the state from either itself or the effects of climate change . A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that the underground reservoir in question contains almost three times as much water as previous estimates . New light was shed on just how much is down there, thanks to technology that allowed researchers to dig deeper. The underground water reservoir lies between 1,000 and 3,000 feet underground. Related: Trump denies California drought Before anyone gets too excited, the water may not be entirely usable – even if it can be accessed. The same Stanford researchers found that 30 percent of the water has a chance of being contaminated by nearby oil and natural gas drilling sites. Digging that deeply could also cause the ground to sink, which is already happening in the surrounding area. Rob Jackson, lead author of the study, told Gizmodo , “We need to be careful about using [the water]. California’s groundwater pumping has been in overdraft for years, especially during the drought . Finding more water than expected doesn’t mean we should waste it.” The temptation is strong in a land where 63 trillion gallons of water were lost in just the last 18 months. However, finding more H2O to replace what we’ve used is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a broken arm. Combatting the effects of climate change and significantly changing the way humans use water resources should come first. Via  Gizmodo Images via  Wikimedia , Flickr

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The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts

October 27, 2014 by  
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There have been many reports about how the world’s bee population is shrinking , that there has now been a reported increase in the number of beehive thefts of the past decade, especially around the rich agricultural fields of California’s central valley. However, despite the problems to beekeepers, as well as the environment, these bee rustlers are proving difficult to catch. Read the rest of The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee hive theft , bee theft , bees , black market , california central valley , hive theft , honey bees , yolo valley

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

January 28, 2014 by  
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California’s severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the state’s aquatic species is more difficult to detect. Due to shrinking rivers and creeks, Coho salmon could be facing extinction south of San Francisco. Without enough precipitation to swell inland waterways, the fish are stranded in the ocean and unable to travel to their traditional spawning grounds. Read the rest of Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california central valley , california department of fish and wildlife , california drought , ceqa , coho salmon , governor jerry brown , kent lake , lagunitas creek , marin county , monterey county , sacramento delta , salmon run , San Francisco , Santa Cruz , scott creek fishery , spawning grounds , threatened species , watershed health        

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Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

January 28, 2014 by  
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The Farmer’s Fridge vending machine has taken the art of convenience food to a completely new level. Instead of offering processed, body-wrecking junk in environmentally-unfriendly wrappers, the Chicago kiosk is stocked with fresh veggies in recyclable and reusable toxin-free containers. Resembling more of a produce stand than a snack-dispenser, the exteriors are made from reclaimed wood sourced in Illinois. All major credit cards are accepted, and each salad, parfait, and vegetable stick is vetted according to standards set by the Environmental Working Group , and sourced to be as local and fresh as possible. Read the rest of Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA Free , chicago , Environmental Working Group , farmer’s fridge , fresh vegetables , garvey food court , illinois , lake forest tollway oasis , phthalate free , processed foods , reclaimed wood , recyclable packaging , seasonable produce , snack machine , soup kitchen , vending machine        

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