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Global food supply under threat as water wells dry up, analyst warns [feedly]

John Vidal, environment editor The Observer, Saturday 6 July 2013 09.24 EDT Lester Brown says grain harvests are already shrinking as US, India and China come close to ‘peak water’ Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies […]

Fighting climate change should be top priority both politically and financially

By John J. Berger, guest commentary © 2013 Bay Area News Group Posted: 07/06/2013 12:01:00 PM PDT President Barack Obama launched a long overdue national Climate Action Plan in his Georgetown University speech on June 26, but it did not fully come to grips with the climate emergency already upon us. An emergency has two […]

Farmers Look to New Ways of Irrigating in a Drought

DUMAS, Tex. — Deep in the Texas Panhandle, where the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer has left farmers fearful for their future, Harold Grall is hoping his field of tiny green corn plants will survive with minimal watering. “We’re doing everything that we know possible that we can do to conserve water,” Mr. Grall, a […]

Water Levels Fall in Great Lakes, Taking a Toll on Shipping

Aboard the Dorothy Ann, in Lake Erie near Fairport Harbor, Ohio — As Capt. Jeremy R. Mock steered this 711-foot combination of tug and barge toward a harbor berth, a screen of red numbers indicated the decreasing depth of water under the vessel: 6 feet, 3.6 feet, 2 feet. Suddenly the numbers gave way to […]

Farm Subsidies Leading to More Water Use

WASHINGTON — Millions of dollars in farm subsidies for irrigation equipment aimed at water conservation have led to more water use, not less, threatening vulnerable aquifers and streams. From Wyoming to the Texas Panhandle, water tables have fallen 150 feet in some areas — ranging from 15 percent to 75 percent — since the 1950s, […]

A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of Life

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Published: June 2, 2013 NYTimes APALACHICOLA, Fla. — If these were ordinary times, Leroy Shiver would be scissoring his heavy tongs along the shallows of Apalachicola Bay and hauling up bushels of oysters for hours on end. Instead, in a task requiring equal doses of patience and hope, Mr. Shiver shoveled piles […]

Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

By NORIMITSU ONISHI Published: June 1, 2013 NYTimes SHAFTER, Calif. — Scattered on either side of Shafter Avenue just north of the town center here, new oil pump jacks, some bobbing and others thrusting, tower above this corner of California’s prime farmland. A dirt side road, flanked by an orchard of two-year-old almond trees and […]

Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust

By MICHAEL WINES Published: May 19, 2013 NYTimes HASKELL COUNTY, Kan. — Forty-nine years ago, Ashley Yost’s grandfather sank a well deep into a half-mile square of rich Kansas farmland. He struck an artery of water so prodigious that he could pump 1,600 gallons to the surface every minute. Last year, Mr. Yost was coaxing […]

Why Federal Efforts to Ensure Clean Tap Water Fail to Reach Faucets Nationwide

By FELICITY BARRINGER Published: May 10, 2013 NYTimes MONSON, Calif. — Laura Garcia was halfway through the breakfast dishes when the spigot went dry. The small white tank beneath the sink that purified her undrinkable water had run out. Still, as annoying as that was, it was an improvement over the days before Ms. Garcia […]

Postcard From Yemen

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: May 7, 2013 NYTimes I am in the Yemen International Hospital in Taiz, the Yemeni city in the central highlands that is suffering from such an acute water shortage that people get to run their taps for only 36 hours every 30 days or so. They have to fill up […]