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Sunday, February 16, 2014

environmental news story sunday

for those pesky little stories that you might not have heard on the blah blah blah shows this morning.

california drought: why is there no mandatory water rationing? fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of californians are wondering: why isn't everyone being forced to ration? - san jose mercury

california farms are slow to adopt water-saving technology. For more than four decades official reports have cautioned that california could suffer long droughts and that population growth was outstripping storage capacity. yet despite repeated warnings, any California farming communities are ill-prepared for a parched future that seems to have arrived. - newsweek

wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift.' new research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over northern europe and north america may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path - bbc

ed miliband: climate change a 'national security issue.' climate change is now an issue of national security with extreme weather threatening homes, livelihoods and businesses, ed miliband has warned - bbc

plugging south africa’s post-apartheid leaks. south africa is the 30th driest country in the world, yet it is one of the fastest-growing water consumers. according to the national treasury’s 2012 budget review, demand for the scarce resource is increasing so rapidly that it is set to outstrip supply as early as 2030. - inter press service

an activist who coauthored a report cataloging the appalling environmental damage wreaked by 0lympic construction will spend the next three years in a Russian penal colony. - grist

the san jose mercury news reports that solar energy is helping to meet california’s power needs amid a drought that has caused hydroelectric supplies to shrivel: - grist

researchers at the university of illinois have found that these used plastic shopping bags can be converted into a compatible drop-in diesel fuel, along with a host of other petroleum products, potentially recovering a large percentage of the initial manufacturing inputs. - treehugger

fracking's water use sets up fight with cities and farmers. the growth in oil and gas production has been a major bright spot in the u.s. economy, but we need to think about energy solutions that increase, rather than deplete, water resources. - des moines register

no one will declare the water safe in west virginia. it’s been a little over a month since a chemical spill in west virginia left thousands of residents in the charleston area without water to bathe, drink, or cook with. "no one will declare the water safe," says don tate, who owns and operates a chain of supermarkets in the region. - marketplace

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