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California Drought Cost Nears $2 Billion

Pulling from groundwater reserves will help ease the the $1.7 billion in estimated economic impact from the California drought. But what are the…
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First Interstate Water Credits Program Launched in the Ohio River Basin

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on March 11 officially launched the first water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. The…
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California Drought May Cause Higher Food Prices For All Americans

California’s San Joaquin Valley, which supplies food to the nation is experiencing a record drought which could soon mean higher food prices for…
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Straw in Hand, Water-Strained City Thirstily Eyes Great Lakes

Be careful, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Some lawmakers have actually threatened to cash in their favors to the Michigan Militia to keep aquifer-drained areas from…
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Southwest Rivers and Budgets are Both Drying Up

The projected, forthcoming water crisis in the Western states is a complicated issue and one in which water planners and conservation advocates have,…
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Cargill Cattle Plant Closes: Global Warming Casualty?

When Cargill announced the closing of its Plainview, Texas, cattle operation, they cited a record low cattle supply as the result of the…
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2012 Year End Sustainability Wrap-up

When we look back at 2012 from what we hope will be a sustainable future, what will be the things that stand out…

Flush Mob: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Launches Synchronized Toilet Flushing

Leaders in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, asked residents to participate in a “big flush” of their toilets concurrently at 7:30pm on Saturday evening.
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Will the 2012 U.S. Drought and Other Extreme Weather Events Trigger Another Global Food Crisis?

The impact of the 2012 drought on U.S. crops and livestock has been in the headlines for weeks now. Last month, the United…
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Why Efficiency Won’t Solve Our Water Problems

The drought of 2012 has reminded us that water is a scarce resource, even though we pay fractions of a penny per gallon…
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Coping With Drought: How Crop Diversity Builds Resiliency

The best way to hedge against uncertainty in agriculture—just as in finance—is to diversify the portfolio. Whether the weather brings excessive heat or…

World Water Week Opens With Somber Warnings to Business About Water Scarcity

The annual World Water Week opened here in rainy Stockholm over the weekend with a warning to business of the effect that the…
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Is Renewable Fuels Standard on Biofuel Flexible Enough to Weather the 2012 U.S. Drought?

The drought parching the Midwest is raising serious questions about our agriculture and energy policies. Stocks of corn in storage were already low,…
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Will the 2012 U.S. Drought Burst the Farmland Property Bubble?

For many years, we have seen farmland prices rising, and the increase in the Midwest in the past year has been dramatic, with…
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How the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Drought Can Be Lessened… Within Limits

The terrible drought that is wringing the life out of crops over a large swath of the country, especially in the Midwest, has…