Water may reshape energy industry | CSM
Demand for fresh water could exceed supply by an estimated 40 percent by 2030, pushing up prices for the water-intensive energy industry. Soaring water prices would help wind, solar, and natural gas, but hurt coal and nuclear plants.
Water Protection Gets Shortchanged in Proposed Fracking Rules | NatGeo
By Monika Freyman, water program manager at Ceres
Proposed standards that the U.S. Department of Interior announced last week for hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) on federal and Indian lands are hugely important, especially in the arid West where water is gold. Unfortunately, water protection gets short shrift in the rules that, once finalized, will apply to 750 million acres of public lands (see map below).
U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating | ENS
RESTON, Virginia, May 23, 2013 (ENS) -- Aquifers across the United States are being drawn down at an increasing pace, finds a new study released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Programs To Reduce Ag's Water Use Must Be Strengthened, Not Cut | EWG
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013
Since it was first authorized in the 1996 farm bill, USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program has grown into the single most important federal program that helps farmers and ranchers protect farmland and the environment as they grow America's food.
Fracking accident leaks benzene into Colorado stream | Grist
More than two months after the spill was discovered, neighbors of the plant are wondering why the energy company is being put in charge of the cleanup -- and why the state has failed to issue any fines.
Policymakers Issue Flurry of Misleading Statements on Climate Science | UCS
Scientists have gone to great pains to differentiate between extreme weather than can or cannot be definitively linked to climate change. Yet, public and policymaker confusion about these connections abounds.