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11 August 2015

Cheating at Western Water Supply Counting



The fastest, cheapest way to reach artificial sustainability goals?  Cheat.

When it comes to Western water supplies, that's the conclusion of Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter at ProPublica (@AbrahmL). As part of his series with Matter called "Killing the Colorado" which appeared in the New York Times,  my former home state of Arizona faces circumstances the report calls "dire":

. . . calculations based on Arizona’s own water accounting suggest that demand could outpace its existing water supply in less than a decade. But its laws still don’t require an accurate joining of its surface water and groundwater supplies.

Is "cheat" too strong a word for this politically motivated indifference to hydrology? Probably not when compared to the political fireworks that will play out when the state runs out of water -- a decade or so at current run rates, and taking into account the regional drought.

Image Credit: Robert Lesser 

03 April 2015

Frog Future Further Fraught

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog - CA Dept Fish & Game
Leonard Lopate (@leonardlopate) hosted Robin Moore (@robindmoore), author of In Search of Lost Frogs. Moore cited a recent trip in Northern California during which he searched for the mountain yellow-legged frog. It, like many other amphibian species in the U.S., is declining in numbers at an alarming pace.

06 September 2014

Air Quality Standards? Nah. Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million

Mumbai Smog at Dawn (Credit)Tawheed Manzoor)
According to a study reported by Yale Environment 360, smog in India damaged enough crops to feed 94 million, That's shocking enough, but consider that the country has no air quality standards.

Would it help if Indian-made cars were made to be sold in countries with air quality standards? Trickle-down air quality?

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