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  • FUBAR II: China must import more water than the US imports oil

    06/18/2014 9:51:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | 06/18/2014 | Simon Black
    In one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of China’s bubblicious property market, Professor Gan Li at Texas A&M University estimates that there are a whopping 49 million vacant homes in China right now. As a percentage, this is twice the vacancy rate that the US housing market experienced at the peak of its recent bubble… suggesting that China has a rather painful housing collapse in store. This should be a brutal blow to the economy given that housing comprised 15% of GDP last year. And the slowdown is already apparent. In fact, China’s president Xi Jinping uncharacteristically announced...
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Staying Afloat in Times of Tightening Water Supply

    04/16/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gene Lockard|
    One of the criticisms levied against hydraulic fracturing, particularly during recent periods of drought, is the amount of water used in the process. However, energy companies are seeking to reduce water use during hydraulic fracturing, even as research shows more water is used in other activities. The numbers put things into perspective. The amount of water used to frack a well varies, but most reporting entities put the figure in a range of about 3 to 6 million gallons of water. In Pennsylvania, the average amount of water per well is about 4.4 million gallons, according to State Impact Pennsylvania,...
  • Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

    03/05/2014 5:16:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    ap ^ | March 5, 2014 3:57 PM
    During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources and water conservation, and suggested Israel — an arid country with a growing population — might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought. “California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.” Brown said he would welcome their ideas. “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there...
  • Severe drought? California has been here before

    02/23/2014 4:06:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 23, 2014, 5:00 a.m. | Bettina Boxall
    "From a climate perspective, we've been here before," Martin Hoerling, a federal research meteorologist, said last week at a drought forum in Sacramento. "We shouldn't be surprised." The state dried out like a prune in 1976-77 and before that in 1924, the most parched periods in the modern record. And ancient tree-ring records show that during the last millennium, conditions have at times been even worse. Take the year 1580, which left the narrowest growth ring — or none at all — in the California trees that University of Arizona scientist David Meko used to reconstruct a 1,000-year history of...
  • Drought: Feds cut water to Central Valley farmers to zero [California Democrats don't give a dam]

    02/22/2014 10:36:24 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    sfgate ^ | Feb 22, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    Central Valley farmers took a crippling blow Friday when U.S. officials made the unprecedented announcement that they would get no irrigation water from the federal government this year because of the drought. But growers in a region with the country's most productive soil said the loss of one of their chief water supplies won't be their problem alone: Consumers will be hit hard in the form of higher prices at the produce market. California's unusually dry weather is forcing producers of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains to make tough decisions about which crops to plant, and which ones not to...
  • California almond farmers face tough choices

    02/23/2014 8:37:53 AM PST · by thecodont · 44 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 8:13 am, Sunday, February 23, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press
    FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — With California's agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.
  • California farmers won't get federal water

    02/22/2014 1:12:09 PM PST · by Robwin · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 22, 2014 | Scott Smith
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year, saying that the agency will continue to monitor rain and snow fall, but the grim levels so far prove that the state is in the throes of one of its driest periods in recorded history. Farmers who rely on the federally run Central Valley...
  • Obama Hangs Californians Out to Dry: Fed action could alleviate the drought in California

    02/18/2014 6:57:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2014 | Mona Charen
    There are many reasons that Barack Obama’s presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards — boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America’s world reputation. One reason is that Barack Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity. But there’s a second reason that was on vivid display in the past few days — overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he...
  • Western drought spells killer grocery bills

    02/09/2014 12:05:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 7, 2014 | Myra P. Saefong
    Much like the polar vortex spiked demand and prices for natural gas in the eastern U.S., another weather phenomenon — a severe drought — is threatening cattle and milk production and food crops in the West. It’s a threat that can last for months and year, and parched conditions have already driven up prices on milk and cattle futures. “The hardest hit section of California is the Central Valley — ‘the supermarket to the world’ — and [it’s becoming] increasingly clear the region won’t see relief from the devastating drought anytime soon,” said Kevin Kerr, editor of CommodityConfidential.com. “Retail prices...
  • State Will No Longer Send Water Down From Northern Calif.

    02/01/2014 12:58:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 1, 2014 7:14 AM
    Drought conditions are getting worse by the day in California and experts say the average resident is going to see the changes. In the latest move by officials, the State Water Project announced Friday that it won’t send any more water down from Northern California, something that hasn’t been done in more than five decades. The news comes in the middle of one of California’s driest winters on record and after two dry years that have depleted reservoirs. Officials say the Water Project’s decision to hold back supply is necessary to save water in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown declared...
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret

    02/01/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret [desalination creates surplus]

    02/01/2014 9:46:38 AM PST · by grundle · 43 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret? In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the area’s economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water...
  • 17 California communities running out of water

    01/29/2014 3:28:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 82 replies
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.
  • Zimbabwe city residents synchronize toilet flush

    09/22/2012 10:05:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 22, 2012
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — City authorities in Zimbabwe's second largest city are appealing to home owners to flush their toilets at a specified time as a way to unblock sewers after days of severe water rationing.
  • China dam plans raise Mekong fears

    04/01/2010 11:48:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 403+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 3/31/2010 | Jamil Anderlini in Beijing and Tim Johnston in Bangkok
    China will ramp up construction of dams, reservoirs and wells in response to a severe drought in the country’s south-west, but the move is likely to raise tensions with downstream countries, which have already blamed reduced river flows on Beijing. Most of south-west China has been affected by the drought, which began in November and has left more than 24m people without adequate access to drinking water. Downstream in Thailand, cargo boats have been stranded along the banks of the Mekong, which is at its lowest level in half a century, while fishermen complain of empty nets. Beijing has launched...
  • That Tortilla Costs More Than You Think

    04/02/2010 6:52:16 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 458+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | April 1, 2010 | Lauren Schenkman
    Which costs more, a dollar's worth of sugar or a dollar's worth of paint? That's not a trick question-the sugar costs more, if you count the liters of water that go into making it, according to a new study. Uncovering the water behind the dollars in sectors including cotton farming and movie making could help industries use water more wisely, the study's authors say. Researchers know little about how much and where water is used. The United States Census Bureau stopped monitoring companies' water consumption in the 1980s, so the most detailed information available is the U. S. Geological Survey's...
  • "Free Palestine!"

    03/04/2010 12:47:35 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 9 replies · 329+ views
    The Perfect Recipe by Ari Bussel We were working on a new art installation on Wilshire Boulevard in the Business Triangle of Beverly Hills. The installation shows the bare, naked Faces of Humanity, stripped from our differences, make-up and externalities. Suddenly the artist said, “We should add a large sign reading “FREE PALESTINE.” We burst out laughing, as I quickly added “and in small letters in between the two words add ‘us from’.” We realized this would attract an avalanche of immediate attention: A Jewish artist calling from the very heart of Beverly Hills to FREE PALESTINE. I continued thinking:...
  • Hugo Chávez left in the dark as El Niño plays power politics

    02/22/2010 4:57:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies · 853+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | February 21, 2010 | Rory Carroll
    Hugo Chávez may be wondering, as Venezuela's taps run dry and its cities fall into darkness, whether God is on the side of the Yankees. The El Niño weather phenomenon appears to be taking sides as it parches leftist-ruled parts of South America and brings bounty to US farmers and corporations. One of the severest droughts in decades has given Venezuela's socialist president a political nightmare as hydro-electrical power dribbles to a standstill, unleashing blackouts, rationing and protests. The waters behind the Guri dam, which supplies more than half the nation's power, have touched perilously low levels. Chávez has declared...
  • Thirsting the Palestinians

    11/07/2009 3:05:04 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 10 replies · 550+ views
    Palestinians Right to Water by Ari Bussel A lecture Downtown Los Angeles by a self-declared “Palestinian from Palestine” was titled: Israel’s control of water as a tool of Apartheid and means of ethnic cleansing.” Following the talk, I was asked for my opinion. I replied: Nothing should surprise me any more. According to the speaker, America’s counterpart, Israel, is thirsting the “Palestinians” out of “their own” land. There is much to learn from Israel about water: from reclamation to desalination methods, from agriculture in arid areas to existence in the desert. Israel has perfected over the last century age-old methods,...
  • China: Beijing's water supply in state of crisis

    06/27/2008 8:19:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 128+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/26/08 | Chris Buckley
    Beijing's water supply in state of crisis Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:12am EDT By Chris Buckley BAODING, China (Reuters) - China's ambitious hopes for a "green" Beijing Olympics have magnified, not relieved, the city's reckless dependence on water from strained underground supplies and a mammoth canal project, a critical report says. Beijing has promoted its 2008 Games as a nature-friendly festival of sport, but water for the expanses of greenery and sparkling waterways greeting visitors in August will be pumped from sources already battered by over-use and over-engineering, says Probe International, a Canada-based conservation group. "With each new project to...
  • Population growth and insecurity may push Yemen down slippery slope to chaos (looming crisis)

    02/23/2008 4:05:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 02/23/08
    Population growth and insecurity may push Yemen down slippery slope to chaos 02/23/2008 12:14 AM | Reuters Sana'a: Yemen's painful struggle to build a modern state may be overwhelmed by rampant population growth, dwindling resources, corruption and internal conflicts. "I don't believe there is another nation in the world... that is this close to a population-cum-resources catastrophe," said Ramon Scoble, a water expert from New Zealand working in Yemen. The Middle East's poorest country wins few headlines, except when tourists are abducted by unruly tribesmen or killed by Al Qaida-inspired militants, but any slide into chaos here would pose huge...
  • 1,000 lakes in China disappear in half century

    11/04/2006 6:04:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,027+ views
    China Daily ^ | 11/01/06
    1,000 lakes in China disappear in half century (Xinhua) Updated: 2006-11-01 20:23 NANCHANG -- Nearly 1,000 lakes have disappeared over the past 50 years, an average rate of 20 lakes lost each year, said Zhu Guangyao, Vice Minister of State Environmental Protection Administration of China, on Wednesday. Dead fish and rubbish are seen in a polluted river in Haikou, southern China's Hainan province, September 19, 2006. [Reuters] Zhu revealed the figure at the the 11th International Living Lakes Conference held on Wednesday and Thursday in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. He said 75 percent of China's 20,000 natural...
  • Drought worsens China water woes

    06/03/2006 8:32:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 442+ views
    BBC News ^ | 05/31/06 | Daniel Griffiths
    Drought worsens China water woes By Daniel Griffiths BBC News, Beijing Parts of China are suffering their worst drought in over 50 years. But in the cities, demand for water is increasing as China's economic boom continues. Environmentalists warn current levels of water consumption may not be sustainable. It is not far from Beijing into the countryside, but it feels like a journey to a different world. I found myself driving along dirt tracks through poor villages that had not changed much for centuries - ramshackle little houses, farmers herding their goats over ground that was hard and dry. These...
  • China: Another river is poisoned as city waits for water(chemical plant explosion in Chongqing)

    11/27/2005 4:50:04 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 890+ views
    SMH ^ | 11/26/05 | Hamish McDonald
    Another river is poisoned as city waits for water By Hamish McDonald Herald Correspondent in Beijing and agencies November 26, 2005 ANOTHER chemical plant has exploded in China, spewing toxic benzene into the water supply of a central region as authorities in the country's north-east struggle to protect millions of people from an earlier spill. The blast on Thursday at the Yingte Chemical Co in Dianjiang, part of the huge Chongqing municipality straddling the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, killed one worker and forced the evacuation of 6000 nearby residents and the closure of schools. People in the area...
  • China: 80-kilometer slick flows into China's Harbin city(water shut down, people in panic)

    11/24/2005 3:46:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 80 replies · 1,917+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/24/05
    Thursday November 24, 4:27 PM 80-kilometer slick flows into China's Harbin city HARBIN, China (AFP) - An 80-kilometer-long (48-mile) slick of highly toxic benzene flowed along the icy Songhua river into one of China's biggest cities, contaminating water supplies for up to four million people. The carcinogenic chemical reached the outskirts of Harbin, capital of China's northeastern Heilongjiang province, about 5:00 am on Thursday, authorities said. Although water supplies were cut off about 30 hours before the poisoned water reached the city and there were no reports of people being contaminated, the environmental impact of the potential disaster was still...
  • Spectre of food shortage spooks China

    08/25/2004 7:45:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 1,075+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 08/24/04 | N/A
    Spectre of food shortage spooks China It has become a net importer of farm produce even as industrialisation puts further pressure on agricultural output BEIJING - China has become a net importer of farm produce, raising concerns at the highest levels of government about the security of the food supply for 1.3 billion people as land and water shortages put pressure on domestic grain production. Chinese President Hu Jintao has commissioned urgent studies on food security after evidence last year and this year that China's grain output is dwindling as demand rises in the long term, officials and academics said....
  • Drought in British Columbia said to be worst since the Depression (Cal Power Crisis?)

    05/13/2004 9:14:53 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 18 replies · 201+ views
    AP story in KCAL Channel 9 TV News ^ | Thursday May 13, 2004 | AP
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) With dry weather predicted for a third summer in a row, British Columbia may experience its worst drought since the Great Depression, water experts warned. ``We're in such a drought situation that even if we did get torrential downpours for the next few weeks, it wouldn't matter,'' provincial fire information officer Nancy Argyle said Wednesday, ``and the forecast is for the opposite of that.'' Amid a warm, dry spring and facing predictions of more of the same throughout the summer, Argyle said British Columbia could face even more forest fires than last year's record season. --snip--...
  • Drought's end will not stop West's water woes, Raley says

    03/10/2004 6:16:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 139+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 10, 2004 at 11:23:51 PST | Suzanne Struglinski
    Today: March 10, 2004 at 11:23:51 PST Drought's end will not stop West's water woes, Raley saysBy Suzanne Struglinski <suzanne@lasvegassun.com>LAS VEGAS SUN WASHINGTON -- Even if Western drought problems stopped tomorrow, water supply will still be a serious issue for Nevada and other Western states without proper planning, administration officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Beyond drought, growing populations, farming, cities, tribes, endangered species and environmental needs all place demands on a limited supply of water, Bennett Raley, Interior Department assistant secretary for water and science, said. The water debate has shifted, he said. "Water-supply issues are no longer going...
  • Dry Toilet Conference Declared a Success by Organizers -

    09/01/2003 10:44:51 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 101 replies · 351+ views
    CNS News ^ | September 1, 2003 | Marc Morano
    Dry Toilet Conference Declared a Success by Organizers By Marc Morano CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer September 01, 2003 (CNSNews.com) - The First International Dry Toilet Conference has concluded with organizers claiming success for spreading the message about using waterless stand-alone toilets to combat what they see as an international water crisis. Conference participants sought to "advance the cause of dry sanitation or eco-sanitation throughout the world," according to Raini Kiukas, chairperson of the conference's organizing committee. They also warned of an "environmental disaster" if developing nations decide to take the lead of the industrialized world and choose modern flush toilets....
  • California: Down on the Farm - (Some surprises )

    01/03/2003 11:46:14 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 1,040+ views
    California Journal, ^ | Jan 2003 | Jock O'Connell
    Water has been the subject of bruising political and legal battles in California dating back into the 19th century, when a visiting Mark Twain is said to have observed that, in these parts, "whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." Today, California's water wars are bogged down in a stalemate featuring three principal combatants: urban water districts struggling to slake the thirst of a fast-growing population; environmentalists intent on preserving both pristine canyons and imperiled species; and agriculture, the $30 billion industry that consumes upwards of 80 percent of the state's developed water supply. What may finally break...
  • Parched Santa Fe Makes Rare Demand on Builders

    11/03/2002 11:14:25 AM PST · by liberallarry · 40 replies · 216+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2002 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    ANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 26 — Against the backdrop of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the building lots stand ready, platforms for more new homes on the way to this steadily growing mecca in New Mexico's high desert.But before a single nail is pounded, builders like Mike Gibbs now face an additional, unusual hurdle. For every new home they build in Santa Fe, they must first install, free of charge, 8 to 12 new high-efficiency toilets in existing homes, hotels and shops. The purpose is to save water in a community with no more room for waste. Overtapped by...
  • California: Sierra snowpack on downhill course

    06/10/2002 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 246+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | June 10, 2002 Posted: 05:45:08 AM PDT | TIM MORAN
    <p>There will likely be more rain falling on Northern California in the future, but a much smaller snowpack, making water shortage problems more severe.</p> <p>That's the conclusion of a new study on global warming done by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz.</p>