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Climate Change Plus El Niño Could Equal Destruction for California and Caribbean

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UCI Study Finds Dramatic Increase in Concurrent Droughts, Heat Waves

Droughts and heat waves are happening simultaneously with much greater frequency than in the past, according to research by climate experts at the University of California, Irvine. Their findings appear today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Company Developed Through University Technology Incubator Helps Ranchers Reduce Water-Related Costs, Addresses Global Water Insecurity

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Remote Well Solutions, which produces fully automated, off-grid water pumping systems that allow ranchers to reduce costs related to time, fuel, water and maintenance, is one of 12 companies from around the United States – including three from New Mexico – to be selected for the Village Capital Water US 2015 program. The six-month program aims to support entrepreneurs in addressing global water insecurity issues through technology.

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MSU Faculty Research Shows California Levees’ Vulnerability

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With the ongoing extreme drought in California posing a threat to the state’s levee systems, there is an urgent need to invest in research regarding the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure under extreme climatic events. Mississippi State University Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Farshid Vahedifard and his coauthors warn that current drought conditions pose “a great risk to an already endangered levee system” in a letter published Aug. 21 in Science magazine.

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Drought, Labor Issues Continue to Impact Chile Harvests in New Mexico. Experts Available to Talk About Crop Expectations, Research and Future

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S’No Water in Sierra Nevadas

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Changing climate conditions have caused dramatic changes in groundwater levels. This study aimed at understanding the changes in soil wetting and drying that occur as snow melts in mountainous, snow-packed regions. The study examined subsurface water content levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. In these regions, soils do not freeze during the winter and remain wet beneath the snowpack.

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Recycled Water, Salt-Tolerant Grass a Water-Saving Pair

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Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution. One strategy is to use treated wastewater, containing salt leftover from the cleaning process, to water large areas of turf grass. Researchers have found ways to breed salt-tolerant turf that can withstand this irrigation.

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Working Together to Build Drought Resiliency

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As drought continues, and demand grows, researchers like Alex Mayer from Michigan Technological University are looking to new models to improve the Rio Grande region's drought resiliency.

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Summer Tropical Storms Don’t Fix Drought Conditions

Popular opinion says that tropical storms and hurricanes that make landfall mitigate droughts in the southeastern United States. But that simply isn’t true, according to a Florida State University researcher.

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Blueprint for a Thirsty World From Down Under

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The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according to findings by UC Irvine and Australian researchers.

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Caribbean Drought – a Glimpse of the Future Under Climate Change

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Trending Stories Report for 13 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: fertility, same-sex marriage, mobile apps, IL tornado, Clinton running for President, violence against women, CA water crisis, medical research

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Beyond California, Other Water Crises Loom, Says @MissouriSandT Expert

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New Desalination Technology Could Answer State Drought Woes

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Could desalination be the answer to California’s drought? As parts of the state become drier, scientists are looking at ways to turn seawater into drinkable water.

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Too Many People, Not Enough Water – Now and 2700 Years Ago

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Drought and overpopulation helped destroy Assyrian Empire, study says. Researchers see parallels with modern Syria and Iraq, and caution other regions also facing weather stresses.

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Breeding Soybeans That Can Tolerate Heat, Drought

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Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the South Dakota State University Biology and Microbiology Department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This will help breeders develop soybean varieties that can survive heat and drought. To do this, he is working with University of Minnesota soybean breeder Jim Orf, who provided Rohila with two varieties of soybeans, one that has greater tolerance to hot, dry conditions, and another that is susceptible.

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Reducing Water Scarcity Possible by 2050

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It is possible to significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers from McGill University and Utrecht University. They outline strategies in six key areas that they believe can be combined in different ways in different parts of the world to effectively reduce water stress by 2050.

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Southwest May Face ‘Megadrought’ This Century

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Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.

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Drought Contributed to Typhus Epidemics in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, Study Shows

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Epidemiological data integrated with climate data estimated from tree-ring measurements indicate that drought contributed to the spread of epidemic typhus in Mexico during the pre-modern era (1655 to 1918).

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California Drought Similar To Historic Drought In Texas, Says Texas A&M Expert

The worst drought ever to hit California could rival the historic 2011 drought that devastated Texas, says a Texas A&M University professor.


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