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Water agencies debate desalination. Is it time to stick a straw into the Pacific Ocean? About 20 water agencies up and down the California coast seem to think so. San Francisco Chronicle. 15 February 2009
Behind the Big Dry. Scientists are struggling to understand the climatic conditions behind the unusually severe drought that has wreaked havoc on southeastern Australia. New research suggests the answer might lie in the Indian Ocean. Living On Earth. 15 February 2009
Team will study global warming. Britain’s leading polar explorers fly to Canada tomorrow for the first leg of the Catlin Arctic Survey where they will record the depth of the shrinking Arctic ice cap, providing conclusive evidence of the damage global warming has caused the planet. Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 15 February 2009
Alberta's 20-year plan for oilsands development short on specifics. A government report Thursday calls for action to reduce emissions, curb fresh water use and cut tailings produced by oilsands projects; but the document offers no details on how measures to achieve these goals would be enforced. Canadian Press. 13 February 2009
Texas ranchers and farmers struggle in drought. The worst drought in nearly 100 years is racking three-quarters of Texas. Much of the state has not had a significant rainfall since August. New York Times. 12 February 2009
'At risk' firies want urgent global warming action. Australia is at risk of more tragedies such as the Victorian bushfires if the Federal Government does not reassess its approach to global warming, says the peak firefighters union. ABC News. 12 February 2009
Hot and dry Australia sees wildfire danger rise. Experts agreed Tuesday that no one drought, flood or wildfire can be attributed to global warming, but they stressed that the eucalyptus forest and farms of southeastern Australia are becoming warmer, drier and more prone to fire as the planet heats up. Associated Press. 11 February 2009
Less water, more heat forecast for state. More people dying from heat stress. Less drinking water. A quadrupling of the acreage burned statewide in wildfires. Those are a few of the effects projected in the first comprehensive look at how climate change is likely to affect Washington state by the end of the century. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 11 February 2009
Holding back the sands. National Tree Planting Day is almost upon China, but despite volunteers' best efforts — and government policies behind their actions — China and many other nations are fighting a losing battle against ecological degradation. China International Business. 11 February 2009
China drought persists, threatening wheat crop. China said it had largely contained damage from its worst drought in decades, but warned that if there is no rain in the next two weeks, the winter wheat harvest could be threatened. Wall Street Journal. 11 February 2009
Build and be dammed. The State Government is pushing ahead with construction of a $406 million dam the size of Sydney Harbour on the Williams River that will send water bills in Newcastle and the Hunter soaring and could kill industry moves to switch to recycled water. Sydney Morning Herald. 11 February 2009
Why water, oil and coal do mix. The dependency goes both ways: Producing energy - whether from coal, oil, gas or nuclear - requires water. And treating and distributing water takes energy. So while uncertainty over energy supplies is a problem, access to water is an equally crucial part of the debate. BBC. 10 February 2009
Shrinking water supplies imperil farmers. Dwindling water supplies are compounding economic woes in California's Central Valley, causing farmers to leave fields fallow and confront the prospect of going under. Wall Street Journal. 10 February 2009
Humans could provide spark that ignites Amazon. In one of the most extreme climate change scenarios, a blistering drought will dry up the Amazon forest, which will ignite and burn away, leaving the world's rain patterns disrupted. New Scientist. 10 February 2009
Australia fires point to risks of shifting population. The wildfires that have so far claimed more than 170 lives in Australia highlight the vulnerabilities in countries where populations are spilling into rural areas already under stress from sometimes extreme weather conditions. Wall Street Journal. 10 February 2009
Los Angeles drought grows more severe. The ongoing drought has grown so severe that LA Mayor Villaraigosa has called for increased citywide water restrictions and the adoption of a tiered water rate that would punish Department of Water and Power customers who fail to conserve. Los Angeles Times. 10 February 2009
Fires, floods pressure Australia on climate. Australia's deadliest bushfires, and devastating floods in the nation's tropical north, will increase pressure on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to take firmer action on climate change, environmentalists said on Monday. Reuters. 09 February 2009
Oilpatch should reduce water use: report. A water-scarce future means Alberta should switch from coal-fired power to renewable energy, dismiss the idea of nuclear power, and dramatically reduce the oilpatch's water use by 2020, says a new Pembina Institute report. Edmonton Journal. 09 February 2009
How to go green in hard times . You want to cut your carbon footprint. But you can't wait years for a payback. Here are 10 ways to help the environment -- and save money. Wall Street Journal. 09 February 2009
Sea levels would rise unevenly as ice sheet melts, study says. The collapse of the massive ice sheet covering West Antarctica has always been a nightmare scenario of global warming. But a Canadian-led research team has made an unusual discovery about what will happen if the ice melts: Not all coastlines would be affected equally. Toronto Globe and Mail. 06 February 2009
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