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  • US Southwest set for water crisis as levels continue to drop at Lake Mead and Lake Powell

    09/04/2018 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Galatians328 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2018 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Two major lakes in the Colorado River Basin that operate as one huge reservoir to supply millions of people with water are drying up
  • North Korea warns of natural disaster as heatwave sears crops

    08/06/2018 3:41:07 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06 Aug 2018 | Benjamin Haas
    The North Korean government has called on its people to wage an “all-out battle” against a record heatwave as the country’s already fragile crops face drought and the authorities struggle to respond. The drought represented an “unprecedented natural disaster”, reported the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ party. It urged citizens to “join the struggle” to save food production in a country that is no stranger to famine. Temperatures have reached more than 40C (104F) in some regions since late July and there have been sporadic reports of deaths from the heat. {snip} In South Korea, far...
  • Welcome to the Meghalayan Age - a new phase in history

    07/19/2018 8:07:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 July 2018 | Jonathan Amos
    The Meghalayan...runs from 4,200 years ago to the present. It began with a destructive drought, whose effects lasted two centuries, and severely disrupted civilisations in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Yangtze River Valley. The Meghalayan Age is unique among the many intervals of the geologic timescale in that its beginning coincides with a global cultural event produced by a global climatic event... The middle phase of the Holocene will be referred to as the Northgrippian, and runs from 8,300 years ago up to the start of the Meghalayan. The onset for this age was an...
  • The Best Radiocarbon-dated Site in Recent Iberian Prehistory [sudden end]

    07/15/2018 3:59:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | University of Seville news release
    ...the experts have shown the end of the occupation of this part of the province of Seville happened between the 24th and 23rd centuries BCE, despite evidence of it being frequented and used in the Bronze Age (c. 2200-850 BCE). "In fact, the abandonment of the site seems rather abrupt, without a gradual transition towards a different social model. The possibility that the end of the Valencina settlement was due to a social crisis has been hinted at by the dates obtained from several human skulls separated from the rest of the skeletons in a pit in a Calle Trabajadores...
  • Drought in Ireland Leads to Discovery of Neolithic Henge

    07/12/2018 3:55:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    https://www.ctpost.com ^ | 7/12/18 | Ken Williams
    Drought in Ireland Leads to Discovery of Neolithic Henge Drone footage captured amid a heatwave close to the 5000-year-old Newgrange neolithic passage tomb in County Meath, Ireland, on July 10 revealed an previously-undiscovered henge, sparking an investigation by the country’s National Monument ServiceThe footage was shot by Ken Williams in Brú na Bóinne, or the Boyne Valley, an area rich in neolithic sites and which was designated a a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.Williams said that were it not for the recent heatwave and drought in the area, the remains of the henge would not have been seen.According to...
  • Iranian commander accuses Israel of stealing Iran's CLOUDS and causing a drought

    07/02/2018 3:21:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2018 | Tariq Tahir
    An Iranian general has accused Israel of stealing its clouds in order to manipulate weather and cause drought in the Islamic Republic. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defence Organisation said that the changing climate in Iran is 'suspect'. 'Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change,' said Jalali, who insisted results from an Iranian scientific study 'confirm' the claim. 'Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,' he said. 'On top of that, we are facing the...
  • Seeds of Success [Kenyan herders turn to ag]

    06/21/2018 1:12:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    US News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Anthony Langat
    As drought kills Kenya’s livestock, some herders are fighting hunger by growing their own grass. At noon in Joseph Kwopin's dry and dusty homestead in Kenya's central Baringo County, a calf shelters from the sweltering sun under a shed made of sticks. The barren ground has no vegetation but for a few shrubs and the red-flowered Carraluma socotrana plant – a rare species whose appearance here could seem cruel given that it isn't edible, even to livestock... According to UNICEF, 2.6 million Kenyans have become food insecure as a result of the lack of rainfall. The Kenya Red Cross reported...
  • Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance

    10/29/2017 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/29/2017 | MARK RIVETT-CARNAC
    Mali’s elephants, Africa’s northernmost herd and adapted to life in the country’s harsh desert, were in desperate need of protection. The animals live in an unforgiving landscape southeast of Timbuktu, enduring sandstorms and blistering temperatures. To survive, they trek in search of food and water across what is thought to be the biggest migratory range of their species, more than 12,400 square miles. But it wasn’t only climate change endangering the elephants. It was also poachers. They were being slaughtered in staggering numbers as ivory traffickers took advantage of a security vacuum in the region, with 163 killed since 2012,...
  • How To Save the Elephants? Buy Ivory, Shoot Them

    06/11/2011 9:33:44 PM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Carpe Diem ^ | 09 June 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    In the 1970s, Kenya had about six times as many elephants as Zimbabwe, and today Zimbabwe has three times more elephants than Kenya (see chart).  What happened that caused the dramatic reversal in elephant populations in the two African countries?  Terry Anderson and Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) explain in their excellent article "Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community": "Anti-hunting groups succeeded in getting Kenya to ban all hunting in 1977. Since then, its population of large wild animals has declined between 60 and 70 percent. The country’s elephant population declined from 167,000 in...
  • Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drough

    06/12/2018 5:07:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6-11-18
    Inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water has reached its lowest level in a century The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater. A plan given Israeli cabinet approval will pump 100 million cubic metres of water annually by 2022 into the lake in the Galilee region, said Yechezkel Lifshitz, from the country’s energy and water ministry. In 2017 Israel’s water authority said the sea, hit by years of drought, had reached its lowest level in a century. Situated 200 metres (656ft) below...
  • Huge icebergs could be towed from Antarctica to Cape Town to solve South African drought crisis

    04/30/2018 4:15:31 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 55 replies
    The Mirror Newspaper ^ | 04-30-2018 | Anna Verdon
    Huge icebergs could be towed from Antarctica to Cape Town in a bid to solve South Africa's worst drought in a century. Marine salvage experts are floating the plan to tug the icebergs to the region after its seen the worst water shortage in decades. Salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters news agency he was looking for government and private investors for a scheme to guide huge chunks of ice across the ocean, chop them into a slurry and melt them down into millions of litres of drinking water. "We want to show that if there is no other source...
  • California doesn't want this towering water project. Trump administration may build it anyway

    03/15/2018 3:58:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 15 March 2018 3:00am | Evan Halper and Sarah D. Wire
    The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories. The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller. {snip} The sudden momentum behind heightening the dam — a plan the federal government only a few years ago put on the shelf amid concerns it was incompatible with state environmental laws — threatens to trigger a constitutional conflict that tests the state's authority over what gets built on federal...
  • Cape Town May Dry Up Because of an Aversion to Israel

    02/22/2018 4:17:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 2*21*18 | Seth M. Siegel
    Cape Town, South Africa, July 9 “Day Zero.” That’s when water taps throughout the city are expected to go dry before Israel declared statehood in 1948, its leaders focused on water security as closely as they did military preparedness. Israel is in the fifth year of drought, today citizens can reliably count on abundant water. Cape Town another story. reservoirs began receding more than two years ago. This problem turned into a crisis because of subsidy-distorted water pricing, inefficient irrigation, and a lack of desalination facilities and a long-term plan. In 2016 officials from Israel’s Foreign Ministry recognized the problem...
  • Editorial: Make California farmers do their part to conserve water

    02/27/2018 7:29:46 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 22, 2018
    The Bay Area should embrace the state’s call Tuesday to make permanent water-wasting rules that were in effect during the last drought. It’s the responsible thing for urban water users to do when the Sierra Nevada snowpack stands at only 20 percent of normal. But farmers should be required to do their part, too.
  • Israel Wants to Assist Drought-Stricken Cape Town, BDS Says No

    02/13/2018 6:38:22 AM PST · by judeasamaria · 28 replies
    Lev Haolam ^ | Feb 13, 2018 | Lev Haolam
    After a severe three-year drought, the residents of the popular tourist city, Cape Town, were once again told that they would have to further limit their water consumption. According to a recent Reuters article, Cape Town’s more than 4 million residents have been told to cut their daily limits from 87 liters (23 gallons) to 50 liters per person (13.2 gallons). According to the estimates of world experts, residents of South Africa’s second-largest city will run out of drinking water in a matter of weeks. The situation in Cape Town is truly dire. Experts initially calculated “Day Zero,” the date...
  • Panic And Blame As Cape Town Braces For Water Shut-Off

    01/24/2018 9:35:41 AM PST · by zeestephen · 46 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 24 January 2018 | Kristen Van Schie, with Gregory Walton
    But the day, currently forecast for April 12, has been creeping closer...Residents of the city of 4 million will then be forced to collect a daily water ration of just 25 liters (6.6 U.S. gallons) from 200 water collection points...Reservoirs around Cape Town, in the grip of its worst drought for a century, have gone largely unreplenished for more than three years in the absence of significant rainfall and are about to run dry.
  • Loss of Water During California Drought Caused Sierra Nevada to Rise: Study

    12/13/2017 10:35:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    A new NASA study says loss of water from rocks during California's historic drought caused the Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the rocks in the range regained about half as much water as was lost during the drought and the height of the mountains has fallen about half an inch. Research leader Donald Argus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is discussing the study Wednesday at an American Geophysical Union conference in New Orleans. The study...
  • It's been 11 years since this happened to Lake Tahoe, and it's beautiful

    07/25/2017 6:35:09 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 39 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | July 24, 2017 | Amy Graff
    Tahoe is brimming, nearly full for the first time in 11 years, and stunningly beautiful in all its blue-water glory. The above gallery of images taken over the past month are ample proof. Getting to this point took a lot of hard work on Mother Nature's part.
  • Snowbound California roads still getting a major plow job

    06/15/2017 8:38:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 6/15/2017 | unknown
    ) — There may be no more potent reminder of California's humongous snowfall than the plows still clearing roads that snake across the state's highest mountains as summer approaches. Crews have been digging, blowing and blasting for months — and the work is not finished, though an approaching heat wave could speed up the process. "We're almost at the middle of June and we still have lots of passes that aren't open," said Florene Trainor, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. Few roads traverse the Sierra Nevada, the rocky spine running 400 miles up the state that is...
  • Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets (Stroshane Reconsidered)

    05/10/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies
    MasterResource.org ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]). Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it. This post revisits Stroshane’s case in his 2016 book, Drought, Water Law and the Origins of California’s Central Valley Project (Reno:...