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Water shortages in western United States more likely than previously thought 16.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West.
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RELEASE: New Report Finds Even the Toughest Water Security Problems Can Be Solved 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Report Finds Even the Toughest Water Security Problems Can Be Solved Report proposes solutions to severe water and security challenges in India, Iran, Iraq, the African Sahel, Central America, and Yemen Washington, DC—Water insecurity is increasing worldwide. Every day there are devastating floods, droughts and water crises around the world; and water risks are increasingly driving conflict and political instability. In most cases, these threats are not merely a consequence of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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As fire burns, activists sneak into Point Reyes to bring water to parched elk. Should they? 1.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Is it appropriate to intervene to help wildlife amid a disaster? That question has arisen in fire-scorched Point Reyes, where Tule elk are short of water.

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As San Luis Valley’s water shortage intensifies, Gov. Jared Polis mulls climate warming adaptation 30.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
How to adapt to a hotter, drier world is emerging as a do-or-die mission for people living around the arid West.
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Climate change hits home in Colorado with raging wildfires, shrinking water flows and record heat 19.8.2020 Denver Post: All Political News
Climate scientists emphasized that average temperatures will continue to increase for decades due to humans burning so many fossil fuels -- coal, gas and oil -- in the past. That means impacts including wildfires, aridity, depleted streams and rivers -- with some variability -- likely will intensify.
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Trump Rewrites Standards on Showerheads After Worrying About How They’ve Affected his Hair 15.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The Energy Department proposed rolling back three-decade-old efficiency standards for showerheads Wednesday following President Donald Trump‘s repeated gripes about subpar water pressure while bathing.  The plan essentially seeks to change the federal definition of a showerhead to allow manufacturers […]
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U.S. West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now 14.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future.
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Drought continues to expand as the monsoon in the Southwest has been largely a no-show 9.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Dry westerly flow over Southern California has kept moisture to the south and east

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For first time in 8 years, 100% of Colorado is under drought or abnormally dry conditions 7.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
On Thursday, federal officials designated 100% of the state abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years — "extreme" or "severe" in many areas — consistent with a broader transformation of the Southwest amid climate warming.
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NOAA's La Niña watch could signal a dry winter for Los Angeles 24.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

La Niña typically means dry conditions across the southern U.S. and more hurricanes in the Caribbean

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STATEMENT: Global Commission on Adaptation COVID-19 Call to Action 9.7.2020 WRI Stories
STATEMENT: Global Commission on Adaptation COVID-19 Call to Action Global Commission on Adaptation Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 Download the PDF version The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically exposed the risks humanity faces and how unprepared we are to respond. People’s health, well-being, and livelihoods are all affected. These threats are multiplied by the growing impacts of the climate crisis — more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, food crises, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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STATEMENT: Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 9.7.2020 WRI Stories
STATEMENT: Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19Download the PDF version The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically exposed the risks humanity faces and how unprepared we are to respond. People’s health, well-being, and livelihoods are all affected. These threats are multiplied by the growing impacts of the climate crisis — more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, food crises, and diseases — which have not stopped. Vulnerable populations are hit hardest: The pandemic could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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California megadrought? Not if you look at precipitation 5.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

Climate change is increasing California's wet-to-dry extremes, but average precipitation is not declining.

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Rainfall season was a 'roller coaster ride' when two wettest months turned dry 3.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

Rain year in L.A. was near-average, but far from normal

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Arizona starts talks on addressing dwindling Colorado River 26.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Arizona is getting a jump start on what will be a yearslong process to address a dwindling but key water source in the U.S. West.
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How Perdue, Smithfield and Silver Fern Farms are reducing packaging waste 17.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Perdue Farms Close Authorship Generally speaking, zero waste strategies for animal protein companies don’t cover the meat, organs or bones of the slaughtered animals. Finding partners that can use those items is embedded into the core business strategy. Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, for example, created the Smithfield BioScience division in 2017 to come up with solutions for using meat production by-products such as mucosa, glands and skin for medical applications.  From a corporate perspective, Smithfield’s commitment is to reduce overall solid waste sent to landfills by 75 percent by 2025. In the U.S., it plans to certify at least three-quarters of its facilities as zero waste by that time frame. (It has 35 of them.)  The designation calls for it to recycle or reuse at least 50 percent of the waste at a given facility. So far, Smithfield has certified 30 percent of its U.S. sites including its largest facility in Vernon, California, according to the company's 2019 sustainability ...
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How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair 27.5.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair Elsa Wenzel Wed, 05/27/2020 - 02:00 Doing away with a culture of disposability is one of the big dreams of the circular economy. A jolt in this direction came overnight as COVID-19 drove people indoors, forcing many to rethink how they reduce, reuse or recycle items they took for granted only weeks earlier. As U.S. unemployment claims soared to 30 million, buying non-essentials became an act of either audacity or foolishness. Even window shopping has been confined to a web browser. People have been making every can of beans and square of toilet paper last. "Like it or not, the coronavirus is changing the rules of consumption," said GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy during the Circularity Digital virtual event last week. "Millions of consumers are putting off retail purchases and looking at the stuff in their closets and cabinets and desktops in a very different way. Why should this item be thrown away when it could be repaired or refreshed and ...
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Bush Brothers counts on water reuse to reduce local impact of bean production 20.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Bush Brothers counts on water reuse to reduce local impact of bean production Jesse Klein Wed, 05/20/2020 - 03:20 "There was nothing except a pipe going out the back of the plant." This was how Rodney Aulick, president of integrated solutions and services at Evoqua Water Technologies, described the wastewater system at Bush Brothers and Company’s Tennessee plant, when it first engaged with the food company. Bush Brothers is the largest manufacturer of prepared beans in the United States, and its work with water treatment titan Evoqua resulted in massive improvements, Aulick said. The plant is now able to reuse much of its water, lowering the strain on the community system and environment as a whole. The company is also better equipped to tightly control its water usage, according to Evoqua.   Bush Brothers, a family-owned business, has been operating in the small community of Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, for over 110 years. The company keeps the community in mind when pushing for new production goals and ...
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Rebuilding recycling to go circular 19.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Rebuilding recycling to go circular Keefe Harrison Mon, 05/18/2020 - 18:18 This article is part of our Paradigm Shift series, produced by nonprofit PYXERA Global, on the diverse solutions driving the transition to a circular economy. See the full collection of stories and upcoming webinars with the authors  here . After the coronavirus pandemic has passed, the world will need solutions to repair our economy in a way that protects both the planet and its people. The circular economy is a solution for our future health and wellness and recycling has a vital role to play. A circular economy is not possible without recycling, yet it can’t happen through recycling alone. As companies ramp up their circular economy goals, they’re often based on the concept that recycling will be the workhorse and catch-net of a bigger system. The truth is, that system is not yet a reality. Recycling isn’t just a thing you do when you’re done drinking your bottle of water or reading the morning paper. It’s a system supported by ...
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Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics 11.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics Joel Makower Mon, 05/11/2020 - 00:44 At first glance, the sprawling industrial site, covering roughly 900 acres in Kingsport, Tennessee, appears to be just another chemical manufacturing facility. There are hundreds of buildings and countless miles of pipes, conveyors, distillers, cooling towers, valves, pumps, compressors and controls. It doesn’t exactly look or feel particularly noteworthy. But something extraordinary is going on at this Eastman chemical plant: two breakthrough processes to turn waste plastics of all kinds back into new plastics, continuously, with no loss of quality. Last year, the company announced two major initiatives: Carbon renewal technology, or CRT, which breaks down waste plastic feedstocks to the molecular level before using them as building blocks to produce a wide range of materials and packaging. The company claims this enables waste plastics to be recycled an infinite number of times without degradation of ...
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