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Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions 6.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. “The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske […]
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Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them 6.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. “The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske […]
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Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers 5.7.2015 LA Times: Business
Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side.
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Drought drives greater household use of gray water 4.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project.
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Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices 2.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming decade. The crisis in California serves as an example of common agricultural policies and practices that damage our water supplies. The threat of water shortages will increase as climate change progresses, for example, by shrinking snowpack. Snowpack is vital to ecosystems and more than half of the world's population. Snowpack provides about a third of California's water supply when it melts in late spring and summer and replenishes reservoirs. California's snowpack is at its lowest level on record. Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources Governor Jerry Brown : "I can tell you from California that climate change is not a hoax. We're dealing with it, and it's damned serious." California water supplies ...
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Space Particles Are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
Space Particles Are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima
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Water and Power: Fight for your right 30.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making 29.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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California Regulators Tell San Francisco To Stop Taking River Water 27.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. However, the city is far from having its taps run dry during the drought. Officials said the cutback orders don't apply to water already stored in the reservoir system, which has enough water to last through two more dry years. The State Water Resources Control Board ordered the cutback in its latest round of notices informing agencies, corporations and individuals holding water rights that waterways are too dry to meet demand in the drought. San Francisco depends on snow in the Sierra Nevada melting into the Tuolumne River to supply its drinking water, but the snowpack has largely vanished during the fourth year of the drought. The city has several century-old claims to the river, including one established when the mayor famously nailed a notice on a tree in 1902. It's not clear how much water San Francisco diverts from the river for storage under ...
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California regulators curtail water diversions for more senior rights holders 27.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
State regulators Friday added to the growing list of water rights holders who have been told to stop drawing from rivers and streams as the drought shrivels summer flows.
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Puppy rescued from sewer drainage pipe in Buffalo yard 26.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 3-month-old puppy has been rescued from a sewage drainage pipe buried under the front yard of a home in Buffalo.
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Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent 26.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
By Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017. The motion, which passed the Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors by a unanimous vote on Thursday, would limit landscape irrigation to two days a week and would remove or limit ornamental turf at MTA facilities. The measures also require a public database be put in place by October 2015 to disclose water use at all MTA facilities, partly by installing water ...
Everybody is against Enbridge on Haida Gwaii 25.6.2015 TreeHugger
You can see the opposition to the big pipe from the tar sands on every house and every stop sign.
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Martin Luther King Blvd. intersection in Denver closed after water main break 24.6.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A water main break early Wednesday in Denver has closed an intersection on Martin Luther King Boulevard and left about 40 homes without water.
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Caribbean Facing Widespread Drought And Water Shortages 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months. Thanks to El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific that affects global weather, and a quieter-than-normal hurricane season that began in June, forecasters expect a shorter wet season. That means less rain to help refill Puerto Rico's thirsty Carraizo and La Plata reservoirs as well as the La Plata river in the central island community of Naranjito. A tropical disturbance that hit the U.S. territory on Monday did not fill up those reservoirs as officials had anticipated. Puerto Rico is among the Caribbean islands worst-hit by the water shortage, with more than 1.5 million people affected by the drought so far, according ...
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Master-planned community will get water under new agreement 23.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The taps in the homes of a San Joaquin County master-planned community will continue to get water after local officials reached an agreement that will keep supplies flowing to about 15,000 residents.
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Most water rights holders facing cuts miss state compliance deadline 23.6.2015 LA Times: Environment
The majority of California growers, irrigation districts and others who have been ordered to stop drawing water from rivers and streams due to worsening drought conditions have failed to register their compliance before an official deadline, officials said Monday.  
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A Smart Sensor So Farmers Don’t Waste Water in a Drought 22.6.2015 Wired Top Stories
CropX makes sensors and software designed to help farmers determine precisely how much water to use in different parts of their ...
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Dear World: Here Are Some Drought Fixes. Love, California 22.6.2015 Wired Top Stories
The state’s problems are a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to the developing world’s water ...
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Israel Bets On Recycled Water To Meet Its Growing Thirst 21.6.2015 NPR News
Treated sewage water accounts for half the water used by Israel's farms. Entrepreneurs are experimenting with ways to cut costs and to ensure that the 86 percent of wastewater that's recycled is safe.
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