Conservation group names America’s most endangered river

April 20, 2017 by  
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The Lower Colorado River is one of the United States’ most vital waterways. Besides providing drinking water to 30 million Americans in cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas, and Tucson, the river also irrigates about 90 percent of the country’s winter-vegetable supply. But it’s in danger of being tapped out, according to American Rivers , an environmental group named it the most “most endangered” river in the nation. The reason is a simple case of demand outpacing supply. Coupled with the trend of intensifying droughts, the Lower Colorado is being depleted faster than it can replenish itself. “The Lower Colorado is the lifeblood of the region and grows food for Americans nationwide, but the river is at a breaking point,” said Matt Rice, Colorado Basin director for American Rivers. “It is critical that the Trump administration and Congress support and fund innovative water management solutions.” Related: The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river Proposed federal cuts , plus Trump’s determination to roll back environmental regulations set by his predecessor, offer no recourse. “Americans must speak up and let their elected officials know that healthy rivers are essential to our families, our communities and our future,” Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, said. “We must take care of the rivers that take care of us” Other rivers under similar duress include California’s Bear River, Washington’s South Fork Skykomish River, and Alabama’s Mobile Bay Basin. Via U.S.A. Today Photos by Denny Armstrong and Sharon Mollerus

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NASA warns of a 99% chance the US southwest will suffer a decades-long megadrought

October 7, 2016 by  
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Scientists are predicting a devastating megadrought to hit the southwestern US states, which will be far worse than the 20th century Dust Bowl and last for decades. The previously rare phenomenon is certain to become business as usual if we fail to correct the trajectory of climate change . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToY4eeWsdLc A study published in Science Advances documents the findings of researchers from Cornell University , the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies . What they found is nothing short of terrifying. If we can somehow stay within the 2 degrees Celsius threshold outlined in the Paris climate agreement, the chance of a megadrought ranges from 30 to 60 percent. At 4 degrees of warming – where we are headed now – megadroughts are practically a certainty. Related: The US isn’t even close to its Paris climate agreement targets “Historically, megadroughts were extremely rare phenomena occurring only once or twice per millennium,” according to the study. “A megadrought occurring again in the Southwest in the coming decades would impose unprecedented stresses on water resources of the region, and recent studies have shown that they are far more likely to occur this century because of climate change compared to past centuries.” California alone is entering its sixth consecutive year of drought conditions. The 4 degree scenario highlighted in the study shows the entire state, save for an itty bitty portion of the southeastern corner, will face a 90-100 percent chance of megadrought. This is mostly due to the reliance on the Colorado River and its tributaries for water. Given that the US isn’t even close to its emissions reduction goals outlined at COP21, the country needs to make drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and improve water efficiency to slow down this life-destroying process. Via EcoWatch Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Fun new rolling furniture in France creates gathering spaces along the River Svre

October 7, 2016 by  
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The team proposed a variety of structures-rolling furniture, collective platforms, benches, vehicles and rafts- to connect the waterside and the hillsides and allow people to enjoy the surrounding landscape. As an contemporary interpretation of the old washerwomen’s wheelbarrows, the project creates new gathering spaces . Related: Fermob’s eco outdoor furniture offers a colorful retreat into nature Metallic armature and wooden slates were combined to build benches, tables and rehabilitate the old building named “La Tomate” located on the river bank. Lightweight and maneuverable, the furniture combines uses and pays homage to traditional structures built on and around the river. +  Ferpect + JKA – Jérémie Koempgen Architecture Photos by Jeremie Koempgen – Eric Betschart

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Majority of World’s Rivers in a State of Crisis, But Solutions Can Be Cheap

September 30, 2010 by  
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Photo by Wolfgang Staudt What happens when the rivers that 80% of our planet’s human population and countless species of animals rely upon, become sick beyond repair? And how, exactly, do we know when a river is suffering? A new report published in the scientific journal Nature is the first to look simultaneously at the range of stress factors impacting rivers’ health

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Lake Mead At Lowest Level Since 1956: Water Users Conserving, Hoping For Rain Next Year

August 12, 2010 by  
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” The Hoover Dam holds back Lake Mead (left photo accented by a rainbow) in 1983, the year its highest water elevation is recorded. By 2009 (right), Lake Mead’s water-elevation level has dramatically declined, revealing the chalky-white structure of Hoover Dam

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It’s Hot Enough to Wake the Media: MSM Links Heat, Extreme Flooding to Climate Change

August 12, 2010 by  
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It had to happen sooner or later. After experiencing the hottest decade on record (2000-2009), the hottest spring (2010), and the hottest overall Jan-June period, and then a bunch of record-shattering highs around the globe, as well as heatwaves and an unusually powerful monsoon, the media was bound to draw the connection between the extreme weather and the warming planet. It’s a bit of a tricky line to walk, to be sure — no single monsoon or heatwave, no matter how crippling, proves man is causing climate change

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World’s Richest Hindu Temple Doesn’t Just Ban Plastic Bags, Bans Plastics

August 12, 2010 by  
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photo: Ashok Prabhakaran via flickr Now this is really the spirit: The Tribune (Chandigarh, India) reports that Tirumala’s Sri Venkateswara temple , the richest Hindu in the world with some 60,000 people visiting daily, will soon be a plastic-free zone, after the state government of Andhra Pradesh decided to ban the use of plastic products there. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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